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Arts & Entertainment Community theatre rebrands, sets December performances.......................4 Something to Think About Counties’ timber fund lawsuit against state wins first battle...........................5


Something to Celebrate Mari-Linn school turns 70......................6

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Arts & Entertainment

Second act

Community theatre rebrands, prepares for Christmas shows

By Mary Owen Just in time for the holidays, Aumsville Community Theatre has a new name, a new matinee, and a new venue. ACT has now become Spotlight Community Theatre, a name that embodies what SCT stands for. “We no longer live in Aumsville due to a lack of space,” said Shannon Rempel, president. “So we wanted to incorporate all the surrounding communities that we serve. We are putting the community in the spotlight regardless of the experience or the community they live in.” SCT kicks off holiday offerings with its Christmas play, And The Snow Falls in its new venue, The Spotlight at 193 N. Third Ave. in historic downtown Stayton. The play will run for two weekends with eight performances Dec. 6-15 on Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sunday matinees. “We’re still finishing the space, so consider this our ‘soft opening,’” said

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Jury sides with counties in timber suit music boxes that nobody is buying. Will the goodwill of the Christmas season prevail?” Friday and Saturday nights, doors open 6:30 p.m., showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons, doors open at 1:30 p.m., curtain at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, senior/students $12, and youth $8. Tickets are available at the door or at Later in December, SCT will stage their live radio drama, It’s a Wonderful Life, about George Bailey, a husband and father and builiding and loan manager in despair and pondering jumping from a bridge. His guardian angel, Clarence, rescues George and shows him what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. On Dec. 20-22, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. doors open with showtime 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Dec. 21 show will be at The Brown House, 425 N. First Ave., Stayton. All other shows Licensed in the State of Oregon

SCT provides live theater experiences for Stayton, Aumsville, Sublimity and the surrounding area. Actors and crew “work hard to support a community of creative people who love to participate in the joy of live theater – stage plays, murder mysteries and staged radio shows.” All ages are involved, with cast members ranging from 6 to 85 years old. “In a time where the arts are struggling, we feel it’s important to continue to provide these much-needed services to our community,” Cashin said. SCT is a nonprofit organization and memberships and/or donations are totally deductible. For information, call 503-302-0936 or visit www.aumsvillecommunitytheatre. com or the SCT Facebook page.


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With financial backing from the timber industry, Linn County led the case against the state and the Oregon Department of Forestry. Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washing counties joined Linn as well as 151 special taxing districts. “The win should mean more sustainable logging, jobs, and economic vitality,” said Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano. “The reality is the state robbed rural counties of revenues to pay for services and it needs to come back. That would be wonderful, and it would be fair.” The Nov. 18 decision came on the heels of a four-week trial at the Linn County Court in Albany. The counties sued the

state for breach of contract, claiming inadequate timber harvest over the last two decades had cost loss of jobs and revenue. State attorneys countered that the counties wanted to allow clearcutting of state forests without caring about endangered species. The case stems from the Forest Acquisition Act of 1941 passed that allowed the state to designate about 1,000 square miles of land from 15 counties as state forests, managing the land “to secure the greatest permanent value.” The counties were to receive the lion’s share of logging revenues, which they claim has not happened. The state’s failure to maximize timber harvest has cost counties an estimated $35 million per year. “While we are disappointed in last week’s verdict, we believe there are strong arguments to be made on appeal, and we plan to appeal this decision,”said Fred Boss, Oregon DOJ’s deputy attorney general.

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By Mary Owen Mari-Linn Elementary is celebrating 70 years of learning and “generations of joy” with a huge anniversary bash. The event will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the school, which is the hub of the community where people of all ages go to learn, share and celebrate. Snacks will be provided. “Our community is really excited about this being the anniversary of the 70 years,” said Principal Jeri Harbison. “It will be great fun to hear stories of the past. I am hopeful to have many former staff members and students at the celebration.” Established in 1949, Mari-Linn now has 219 students in grades K-8 hailing from Mehama, Lyons and Stayton. “The fact that we have had multiple generations of families attend Mari-Linn over the past seven decades makes us unique,” Harbison added. “I am often told about the grandparents, aunts and uncles that attended Mari-Linn over the years.” According to Harbison, the name of the elementary school was voted on by students in the community. “It was created to represent the two counties in which we draw students from – Marion and Linn,” she explained.

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The plan for the evening celebration is to “encourage people to reminisce about their time at Mari-Linn,” Harbison said.


the various decades, including photos and newspaper clippings from Deloris Miley.

“One of our Mari-Linn parents is designing a menu of typical snacks from the 1940s,” she said. “Items like chipped beef and lettuce sandwiches may be on the menu.”

“Mrs. Miley was a former school secretary and grandparent and parent of Mari-Linn students,” Harbison said. “We plan to have a wall of fame, where alumni can let us know what path they have taken after leaving Mari-Linn.”

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Auxiliary poinsettia sale set for Dec. 4-6 “People wishing to save shipping costs can opt for the in-store pickup and we will get them to Mari-Linn where folks can pick them up,” Harbison said. Mari-Linn is a Positive Behavior Support school with three rules: Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Safe. Expected behaviors are posted in every classroom and common area, including the cafeteria, library, computer lab, hallways and restrooms. Students are recognized for exhibiting these behaviors individually, as a class, and as a whole school. Successes are celebrated quarterly at an assembly where students are recognized for their achievements both academically and behaviorally. “We also value our parent and community volunteers,” Harbison said. “They support our students in a variety of ways, from playground supervision to listening to a student read. Students and staff take time to not only learn together, but to also enjoy life and play.” Harbison added, “We are really looking forward to hosting this event for our beloved school.” For more information, call 503-859-2154.

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual poinsettia sale Dec. 4, 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the foyer of Santiam Hospital while supply lasts. The large plants sell for $15 each and come in a variety of colors.


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All proceeds from the sale help support the Auxiliary Scholarship Program for students who are interested in a medical profession. Each year since 2012 the auxiliary has awarded $10,000 toward the scholarships. From 2008 to 2019 the auxiliary has given approximately $106,750 to many students from the North Santiam area. The auxiliary also supports and purchases items requested by the various departments of the hospital. The most recent purchases for the hospital included two Bladder Scanners. The auxiliary will also purchase a high speed hand mixer for the cafeteria staff. In addition, the auxiliary is making $1,000 in funds available for Santiam Canyon Service Integration Team for office furniture and

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By Mary Owen A lot of research, development and a trip to a small Montana brewery inspired three local couples to open their own brewery in Stayton. “We decided then that we wanted to open a brewery in or near our hometown,” said Crystal Spenner, co-owner with her husband Matt and friends, Doug and Cari Naugle and Chris and Brittany Klein. The couples started home brewing years ago and just recently gave their hobby legs to inspire their local brew pub. “We put the team together and got the brewery into motion,” Spenner said. “Kickstarter was the first step. We figured if we really wanted to get this going we should see what kind of support we have from the community.” They set their goal at raising $25,000 through the fundraising site, met that goal, and started Snow Peak Brewing Company two years ago. The funds helped get a building lease, business licenses, permits, and “the two beautiful glass roll-up doors” that helped enhance the exterior façade of the Water Street property owned by Santiam Water Control District. Snow Peak Brewing crafts a vast variety of beers, from porters, brown ales, kolches, amber ales, pale ales to IPAs.

“We also offer a few varieties of hard ciders, wine, CBD Elixer, and non-alcoholic beverages from other Northwest producers,” Spenner said. “There is not a kitchen at the brewery, but there [are] often food trucks parked near by, or folks can bring their food in with them.” Snow Peak often has live music, hosts events such as painting parties, and participates in many community events, including collecting food for the Stayton Community Food Bank. The venue at 280 E. Water St. can be reserved for private parties. Facebook feedback to date includes: “great place with awesome staff,” “good beer and ciders, and a fun atmosphere,” and “awesome people with a passion for their craft.” One customer even predicted, “Going to be the next big thing in Northwest brewing.” Snow Peak Brewing is family friendly until 9 p.m. Operating hours are: 3-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, noon-to p.m. Saturday, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit Snow Peak Brewing Company’s Facebook page or call 503-767-2337.

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Looking Back

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function originally intended, and will serve as a historical resources for our community and surrounding towns, both through the house itself and through historical materials we have collected and will continue to collect.”

A Brown House archiving project continues to preserve local history for future generations. “The project got started [earlier this year] when we had archivist Jennifer Gehringer from Willamette University volunteer to help us with the project,” said Steve Poisson, vice president of the Santiam Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees. “We had inherited materials from both the Brown family and Ernst Lau that were in storage, and we wanted to preserve the materials and make them available for our use and public use.” A variety of materials are being archived, including the Brown Family Bible from the late 1800s to newspaper clippings to postcards to photographs, Poisson said. “We also have manuscripts for the books that Ernst wrote,” he added. “We are using correct practices for preservation and developing a finding aid so specific materials can be located when desired.” Depending on how many, Poisson hopes project volunteers will be able to preserve and catalogue approximately 12 boxes of material. “We have many ideas about possible uses, from research by educators and students, to use in our promotional and educational programs at Santiam Heritage Foundation,”

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Poisson said. “We also hope to develop a history curriculum and receive a grant to take local history to area schools.” Poisson said the group believes it is important for young people to know about their roots and that schools tend to spend very little time on local history, which is important to their understanding of the past. “Now that the restoration of the Brown House is nearly complete, our ongoing mission will be to bring cultural and historical programs to the valley,” he said. “It will finally give the Brown House the ability to serve the

“We are beginning to rent space in our building for offices and community events which will finally make the building self-sustaining, but our cultural and historic education programs will always require donations and grants, which usually require matching funds from the community,” Poisson said. “We hope to educate the community on the importance of passing down our history and about how fortunate Stayton and the surrounding towns have such a grand example of a preserved landmark at a time when so many such buildings are being lost.” Anyone wishing to learn proper archiving techniques and help with the Brown House project should email to be added to the mailing list for monthly Saturday work sessions.

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Motion Mondays, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Free. Children and families members. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Age 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Donations accepted. Reservations: Ginger, 503-769-7995 AA Meetings, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton. Repeats Thursdays. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Santiam Hearts to Arts, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426


Family Storytimes, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Free. Children and family members. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, noon, First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204. Stayton Community Singers, 7 p.m., Rising Star Studios, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. 971-304-4255 AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.


Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Networking event for local business, non-profit professionals. Location varies. 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10:15 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road. Taught by certified instructor Wendy Stone. Repeats Fridays. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m., Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. , visit

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AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Gates Community Church of Christ, 40070 Gates School Road. AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Idanha City Hall, 111 Highway 22.

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Sublimity Quilters, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498


BabyTime!, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Infants 0 - 18 months with caregivers. 503-769-3313 Pinochle, 1 - 4 p.m., Santiam Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First St., Mill City. Free. 503-897-4176 Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861. Al-Anon Meeting, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton.


AA Meeting, 10 a.m., New Life Church, 1090 N First Ave., Stayton.


AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center.

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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. 503-362-6159

Stayton Art Show

Noon - 4 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Local artists’ work on display. Baroque concert at 2 p.m. Admission is free; donations suggested. 503-769-8860

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DAR Meeting, Presentation

10 a.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting followed by guest speaker Jana Moser. Open to public. Refreshments served. 503-769-5951

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

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Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats Dec. 17. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

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

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Networking event. Refreshments. 503-769-3464.

Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale. Plants $15, variety of colors. Repeats Dec. 5 - 6.

St. Boniface Museum

9 a.m. - noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Coffee, tea, cookies. Appts. for other times: 503-508-0312.

Family Play Group

10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. A free opportunity to spend time with your children, socialize with other families, build support. RSVP to Hannah, 503-769-1120. Repeats Dec. 18.

Stayton Red Hat Strutters

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030 7 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 140 E Sorbin Ave. Christmas choral performance for the Historical Society. Open to public. JoAnn Hebing, 503-859-3426

Friday, Dec. 6

St. Nick Jubilee, Green Sale

5 - 8 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. 55th annual Regis St. Mary green sale. Repeats 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 a.m. - noon Dec. 8. Breakfast served Dec. 8.

Harry Potter Escape Room

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Can you solve the puzzles and escape the Harry Potter themed room? Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

And the Snow Falls

7 p.m., The Spotlight, 193 N Third Ave., Stayton. Spotlight Community Theatre musical adaptation. Adults $15. Senior/ student $12. Youth $8. Tickets at or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15.

Saturday, Dec. 7 Santa Cruise-In, Breakfast

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Christmas buffet luncheon. Cost is $12, payable in advance to hostess Ruth Case (503-9000025). New members, guests welcome.

8 - 11 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Enjoy breakfast, view cars. Adults $7, children 12 and under/seniors 65 and older, $5. 503-769-2601.

Book Discussion for Adults

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Bring a base to build creation on, church provides the rest. Free. 503-769-2731

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. This month’s selection is Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. Free. 503-769-3313

Family Gingerbread House Build

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Stayton Christmas and Craft Bazaar

Ukulele Caroling

Stayton Clean-Up Days

6:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860, 7 p.m., Mehama Old School Community and Youth Center, 22057 SE Emma St. Open to ukulele, compatible instruments. Free. Open to public.

Thursday, Dec. 5

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Call Maria, 503-569-5552, for items to bring. Repeats 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Applicants living in the Lyons Fire District can register at Lyons Fire Station.

5:30 - 7 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Celebrate Mari-Linn’s 70th anniversary. Open to public. 503-859-2154

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Classic Gingerbread

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Decorate gingerbread cookie. Free. Children and family members. 503-769-3313

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Free admission. Ed, 503-990-2119

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Works Shops, 1820 N First Ave. Disposal of yard debris for Stayton residents with donations of canned food for Stayton Community Food Bank. Those who reside outside city limits, cost is $1 per bag. Seniors needing assistance raking, bagging or having yard debris picked up and delivered are asked to sign up by contacting, 503-769-2919.

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Noon - 2 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Chat with Stayton city councilors.

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Little Women Auditions

1 - 3 p.m., The Spotlight, 193 N Third Ave., Stayton. Come prepared to cold read from script, demonstrate piano playing ability. Also seeking those who want to learn rew jobs. Dennis, 503-509-8895

Sublimity Christmas Light Parade

6 p.m. Kickoff the Christmas season with a Christmas light parade through downtown Sublimity. Santa lights town Christmas tree after parade. Activities and refreshments follow at Sublimity Fire Station. 503-769-5475

Sunday, Dec. 8 Candy Cane Breakfast

8 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Biscuit & gravy breakfast. Santa visits, hands out candy canes beginning at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast is free; donations of food items, cash accepted.

Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. 503-769-8860

Christmas at the Barn

2 - 5 p.m., Hope Haven Family Farm, 8875 SE Robert Lane, Aumsville. Holiday activities, craft demonstrations, animal socializing, holiday foods. 503-667-1525

Monday, Dec. 9 Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Community Center. Open to public. 503-749-2030

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

The Connection Women’s Event

7 - 8:45 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Carols, hot cocoa bar, ugly Christmas sweater contest and encouragement from a guest speaker. Free. 503-769-2731

Tuesday, Dec. 10 Bookworms Book Club

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Book talks, activities. Grades K-2. Free. 503-769-3313

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Elmcroft Senior Living, 2201 Third Ave., Stayton. Annual meeting, potluck. White Elephant exchange. 503-769-1406

Detroit City Council

6:30 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave. Open to public. 503-845-3496

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Mill City City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-2302

Cascade School Board

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Post 5638. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Roth’s Fresh Markets, 1770 Shaff Road, Stayton. Networking event. Refreshments. 503-769-3464.

Lyons Garden Club

Noon, Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Gift exchange. Potluck; bring a dish to share. Installation of 2020 club officers.

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a person living with dementia. This month’s topic: Coping with Caregiver Stress. Julie, 503-304-3432

Maurice Memorial Auxiliary Bingo

2 - 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. 503-769-3499

Paws to Read

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Share stories with Willow the therapy dog. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Dungeons & Dragons

5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Firsttimers, experienced players welcome. Age 12 - adult. Free. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Dec. 12

N. Santiam Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319,

Mom to Mom

9:30 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Meet local moms of young children. Kids play while parents talk.

Code It!

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate National Week of Code with LittleBits Coding, Code & Go Robot Mouse kits. All ages; younger children benefit from adult guidance. Free. 503-769-3313

6 p.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton meeting. Open to public. 503-957-0096,

Aumsville Fire District

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

Aumsville Historical Society

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. 503-749-2744

Friday, Dec. 13

Community Christmas Party

4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 160 Detroit Ave. Detroit/Idanha Community Christmas party. Hot dog dinner. Debby Ruyle, 503-507-9001

Saturday, Dec. 14 Stayton Holiday Kickoff

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., downtown Stayton. Holiday shopping. Arthur 3D Christmas at 3:30 p.m. at Star Cinema. Admission $1 or one can of food. Hot cocoa, cookies, caroling at 5:15 p.m. Tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park, 2004 Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Repeats Dec. 15. 503-874-0201

Canyon Senior Center Bingo

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First Ave., Mill City. Repeats Dec. 28. 502-897-4176

Second Saturday Winter Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market. Free admission. 503-464-6664

Winter Bazaar

11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Camp Taloali, 15934 SE North Santiam Hwy., Stayton. Vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa, children’s activities. A signing Santa will be on hand for nonhearing children. Free admission. 503-400-6547,

DIY Wreath Making

Noon - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free. Register at library. 503-769-3313

Chili Feed & Bazaar

2 - 9 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Vendor booths, chili feed, children activities. Chili, chili dogs $3 or three cans of food. Hay rides available to and from Porter-Boone Park. 503-749-2894

Aumsville Christmas in the Park

4 - 7 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville Photos with Santa. Free soup, hot cocoa, cotton candy, popcorn. Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. 503-749-2030

Living Nativity

5 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Drive by or stop in for cookies, hot chocolate or cider. Donation of canned food accepted. Repeats Dec. 15, 21, 22, 24. 503-769-5700

Choral Performance, Dinner

5:30 p.m.., Stewart’s Hall, 158 Broadway St., Mill City. Chili dinner with beer, wine available for purchase. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus performance at 6:30 p.m. Open to public. 503-859-3426

Sunday, Dec. 15

UMC Choir Christmas Program

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Choir Christmas program and carol sing-along. Free. Open to public. 503-769-5700

Jingle Jam Family Event

6 - 7:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Christmasthemed family event for all ages. Free. 503-769-2731

Monday, Dec. 16 Veterans Claim Assistance

9:30 - 11 a.m. & 1 - 3 p.m., Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Veteran Service Office in Marion County offers claims assistance to veterans. First-come, firstserved. Free. 971-707-4400

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Santiam Integration Team

10:30 a.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 E Sorbin Ave. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319, mbaurer@

Economic Vitality

2:30 p.m., The Box, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton group discusses topics related to economic health of historic downtown Stayton. Open to public. New members welcome.

Mill City Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-3499

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Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Marian Estates Retirement Living, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Networking event. Refreshments. 503-769-3464.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Red Cross Blood Drive

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Cascade National Honor Society hosts. Open to public. RSVP to,

Cascade Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319,

Jack and the Dragon

4:30 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Oregon Shadow Theatre performance. Live banjo, hammer dulcimer music. All ages. 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. 503-769-6924

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. 503-749-2030

Gates City Council

7 p.m., Gates City Hall, 101 E Sorbin St. Open to public. 503-897-2669

Friday, Dec. 20 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aumsville Fire Department, 490 Church St. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

It’s A Wonderful Life

7 p.m., The Spotlight, 193 N Third Ave., Stayton. Live, staged radio show presented by Spotlight Community Theatre Group. Tickets $10; available at or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 21 2 p.m. Dec. 22. 503-302-0936

Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter Solstice

Sunday, Dec. 22 Hanukkah Begins Holiday Worship Services

8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville.

Monday, Dec. 23 Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. 503749-2030

Tuesday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Foothills Christmas Eve Service

5 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Christmas eve service with telling of Christmas story. 503-769-2731

Christmas Eve Service

7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville.

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Wrap Party

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring your gifts to wrap. Wrapping supplies provided. Free. 503-769-3313

7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Uplifting Christmas message, music. Open to all.

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12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

Stayton Planning Commission

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

Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Open to public. Agenda available.

Pajama Storytime

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Come in pajamas; bring stuffies. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

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“Enjoy this time because it’ll be over before you know it,” is possibly the single most cruel sentence one can utter to a new parent, yet the compulsion to say it is hard to resist. I’ve said it – many times – and even as it leaves my mouth I wish I could take it back. Because, what could be more unkind than telling someone who is struggling to make it on very little sleep while doing the hardest job with the highest stakes, “I hope you are really taking all that in because those sweet little snuggles you get between bouts crying that never seems to end and diapers that always need to be changed – those snuggles will soon be long gone, replaced by a sulky teenager who wants nothing to do with you – in what feels like five minutes?” We all know it’s true. We all feel the passage of time speeding up as we age. And we’re all looking for ways to slow it

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down. It can feel just a little bit overwhelming. There’s a reason why most of us have hundreds of photos on our phones that never see the light of day. We obsessively record every moment so that they can live on into the future. We have visions of watching videos of our thengrown babies learning to walk, talk and take their first bath – at least I do and I don’t think I’m alone. But now? I’m too tired to catalogue, journal and stash away those photos right now. I need a full-time historian! That’s when I stumbled on a way of keeping up to date for the year without

It’s just a jar kept in a conspicuous place with a stack of notecards or small pieces of paper and a pen nearby. I have discovered if you do not provide paper the kids will use whatever they can find, usually harvested from the nearby recycling bin – useful, but not attractive and sometimes hard to read. Now comes my favorite part: I do nothing. The kids take over, cataloguing their own moments throughout the year and stashing them in the jar. Sometimes it’s big things – concerts (we keep the ticket stubs), races won, trips taken – and sometimes it’s small things – teeth lost, games played, hikes taken. But the beauty is that it’s up to each one to decide what goes in the jar – no judgment. At the end of the year the jar gets emptied with family members take turns reading the notes. It’s always a surprise because it’s amazing how much gets forgotten, especially the little moments that fly past

the parenting radar but mean so much to a kid. My friend Lisa, who originally introduced me to the idea, makes the opening of the jar a part of her family’s New Year’s Eve celebration, then she scrapbooks the moments. I – decidedly not a “scrapbooker” – have taken a different approach: the Wall of Awesome. It’s a year-long journey, complete with photo illustrations – yes, I took the time to print out pictures and get them off my phone! It lives next to my desk as a daily reminder that it’s all going to be OK. Because even though time feels like it’s going at warp speed – weren’t my kids babies yesterday?! It’s also made up of a million small moments – written in those same kids’ shaky, elementary school handwriting. And even more than that, it’s proof that, although there are times when I feel like I’m doing everything wrong, there are other times when I’m doing it all right. It’s right there in that little Jar of Awesome.

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Santa’s on his way By Melissa Wagoner For people around the world Christmas is a magical time of year. “Throughout humanity, Christmas was our way of convincing ourselves that winter will end,” Santa Claus, that magical and iconic Christmas symbol, recently told me as we chatted about the upcoming holiday season. “And we need to know that it will end.” Because what are the signs of Christmas after all? The temperatures dropping, the trees going bare, snow falling and people coming in to share in the warmth they find indoors and with one another. Every one of those have a powerful story, Santa said. And he’s right. After all, this is why stories like the famous poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas (better known as The Night Before Christmas) – written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823 – was centered around a family tucked cozily

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Skeptics take a breather “You see me all over the place,” he laughed, recalling the many places he gets to visit and the many people he meets. “I try to go as many places as I can. Because sometimes there are kids and adults out in the public that need healing and joy.” Which is why, each time he makes an appearance in his long, intricately designed, fur-lined coat, lovingly sewn by Mrs. Claus, he brings with him one, single, silver bell. “I generally give out one a day,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “And generally, it’s to people who are having a hard time or kids who are having a hard time

believing.” Because, as Santa explained it, it is not the receiving of presents that is the best part of the season, but the giving of them. “Santa’s not the most important part of Christmas,” he explained, noting that often instead of asking what people wish for Christmas he will ask what they plan to give. Saying, “That’s you becoming Santa Claus.” And he should know, as the Big Man himself is credited with delivering presents to people across the globe. “What’s better than giving?” he asked, explaining his motivation for such widespread gifting by saying, “Giving is like helping and healing. It has magic all by itself and it’s a lot of fun.” For a peek at Santa’s 2019 regional visits see

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Wastewater By Mary Owen Forming a special sewer district for the upper Santiam Canyon communities of Mill City, Gates, Detroit and Idanha is moving forward. “In 2015, Marion County put together a distressed communities event specifically focused on the lack of wastewater facilities in upper Canyon communities,” said Danielle Gonzalez, Marion County. “This lack of facilities keeps the cities from keeping businesses.” According to the North Santiam Sewer Authority, the project will provide an opportunity for economic growth and development that has stalled these towns over the past 30 years. It will also provide safe drinking water and cleaner water downstream for communities along the Santiam River as well as the endangered fish species. The project, according to organizers, is estimated to take five to seven years to be fully implemented and is necessary to protect the North Santiam Watershed from widespread toxic septic system failures. Water from the watershed serves more than 200,000 residents daily. At the Nov. 12 Mill City City Council meeting, Mayor Tim Kirsch said the city will have to do costly major upgrades to its sewer system within the next five to ten years.

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“The actuators aren’t working, and this is around $100,000,” Kirsch said. “The filter is clogged with organics and needs to be replaced. The system is operating on a non-expandable Windows XP program, and if something happens to it, then we will have to address this and the associated costs. “Any upgrades that have been done with the computer has not been included within the control panel because there is not room for it in there,” he added. “The system is on year 27 of a 25-year system. “To participate in the sewer authority (district), the City’s debt would be absolved, the system would be upgraded, and a larger system constructed.” Gonzalez cautioned if Mill City is not on board with the proposed district, numbers will not work because there is not enough population within the other cities to secure the needed funding for the multi-million-dollar project. Since these communities are severely economically depressed, a combination of state and federal grants, watershed fees and sewer bonds will be necessary, she said. Gonzalez further observed that Gates has under 500 in population with available industrial land and one of the lowest tax bases in Oregon, making it nearly impossible to manage existing infrastructure. Detroit has a transient occupancy tax that goes toward

Economic Development Objectives Address future wastewater infrastructure needs that promote quality of life, business development, resource stewardship, and regional economic resiliency Develop and/or expand sewer system capacity that is viable, sustainable, and financially feasible Decrease the potential health and environmental impact of individual septic tank failures Enhance the local marketability of individual private lots, commercial and industrial lands Diversify employment and business opportunities throughout the region maintaining infrastructure and recreation areas, but also has small parcels of land that can’t handle full septic needs to allow for businesses to open. Idanha has a lot of industrial area that could be used, especially with the changing demographics of employees who want to live in small communities. “Each of the cities has its own unique circumstance that needs to be addressed,” Gonzalez said.

A detailed engineering and design study of the sewer project is the next step, and if all goes forward, initial estimates for individual residential users will be approximately $44 a month for sewer service. Gonzalez said a draft of an Intergovernmental Agreement has been provided to each city’s attorney for review. To date, Detroit and Idanha have signed the IGA. “The IGA is a governance model so that grant funding can be sought,” Gonzalez said. “At some point in the future, Mill City will have to negotiate with its attorney because of its current sewer system.” Marion County will draft a legal description and mapping, and the city of Salem will assist with an engineer for the Technical Advisory Committee for engineering design. The study being done for the sewer task force is expected to be complete within the next year. The next North Santiam Sewer Project meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mill City City Hall, 444 S. 1st. Ave.. Other meetings will take place on the first Thursday of the month through March. Stakeholders, which includes local residents and property owners, are welcome to attend the meetings. For information, call Shelley Engle at 503-740-0296 or visit


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StormReady By Mary Owen Aumsville is the first Marion County city to be StormReady, a certification from the National Weather Service. “Our flood planner at Marion County was working on the Community Rating System and mentioned that being a StormReady community would earn us points,” said Ron Harding, city administrator. “Marion County can’t be StormReady until all of the cities have those processes in place first. Since we have a great working relationship with the National Weather Service, I contacted them and asked how to put this into place.” Aumsville was chosen in part because of the tornado that raced through town in December 2010, causing significant damage, according to Krista Carter from Marion County Emergency Management.

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encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines. To be officially StormReady, a community must: • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally; • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and emergency exercises.

At the Nov. 25 Aumsville City Council meeting, Marion County commissioners along with a representative from the National Weather Service presented the city with its StormReady recognition.

“This effort is part of a larger goal Aumsville has set to be at a higher level of preparedness for a disaster,” Harding said. “A couple of years ago, we formed an emergency management board made up of members from the community, the city council, fire district, police department and city administrator. Our police chief leads this effort as the city’s emergency management director.

According to the NWS, StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of extreme weather, from tornadoes to winter storms. The program

“We also use this committee to engage surrounding communities in regional efforts when that makes sense,” he added. “We have used this process to look for ways to be better prepared, and to

“You all had been doing some great planning with your emergency preparedness procedures, besides being easy to work with,” Carter said.

coordinate and plan for futures events... This designation is one piece in a list of efforts the city would like to take, in order to make sure we are able to respond to future events to the best of our ability.” Chief Richard Schmitz also cited that the designation could reduce the insurance rates of residents. “The City of Aumsville’s goal is to make sure that the citizens are prepared for extreme weather events,” said Schmitz, the emergency management coordinator. According to NWS, some 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. The StormReady program helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before, during and after the event. The certification is good for three years, after which time the city will have to re-certify, according to city officials. “If any citizens are interested in becoming involved in the process, we always need ‘weather spotters’ throughout the area,” Schmitz said. “Training for this can be found at Marion County Emergency Management, or you can call the Aumsville Police Department.” For more information, call the Aumsville Police Department at 503-749-2188.

One more chance for Fall Leaf Clean-up Stayton’s annual Fall Leaf Clean-up Days offers one more opportunity for homeowners and residents to drop off yard debris for free at the city Public Works Shops. Stayton residents are responsible for all leaves and debris that fall on their property. City workers urge residents not place leaves or debris in the street as they can block storm drains and cause flooding. Yard debris, including leaves and brush, may be dropped off on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection site is located at 1820 N. First Ave. The only cost to Stayton residents is a requested donation of canned food which will be given to the Stayton Community Food Bank. For those who reside outside the city limits, the cost is $1 per bag. Seniors needing assistance raking, bagging, or having their yard debris picked up and delivered to the collection site can sign up by calling 503-769-2919. The annual Fall Clean-up Day is offered by the Stayton Public Works Department in cooperation with Republic Services, Foothills Church, Stayton Community Food Bank, and the Marion County Solid Waste Department.

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Stayton boys soccer advances to 4A final

Once again the Stayton High boys soccer program was… this close… to a second Class 4A state title. The Eagles, who won the 2010 title and have finished runners-up three times, made it four second-place trophies Nov. 16 when Stayton fell 1-0 to Woodburn in the Class 4A title match at Liberty High in Hillsboro. Rodolfo Campuzano scored in the 29th minute for the Bulldogs, who held on in the second half to take their second consecutive 4A title after dropping down from Class 5A. The win turned the tables on the Eagles, who had defeated Woodburn by 2-0 and 1-0 scores during the Oregon West Conference season. “The title game was a struggle. We came out scared and unsure, which is frustrating since we had started each of the previous playoff games at high level,” Stayton Chris Shields coach Chris Shields told Our Town. “That first 30 minutes was enough for Woodburn to get a goal and that put the pressure on us to score.  “The second half was better, but we missed our opportunities. It was the opposite of the two previous encounters with them, where we started strong and scored first.”  Overall, Shields said it was “a wonderful


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season considering how many new starters we had on the field. Our whole back line was new from last season. We had three players score in double digits, two of them are sophomores and the other is a junior. We will be returning three of four defenders, and five of six offensive starters next year.”  Stayton allowed just seven goals all season, outscoring opponents 83-7 in a 15-3-0 campaign that included an 11-1 championship record in the Oregon West. Shields was named coach of the year in the league, with Jayden Esparza of the Eagles sharing player of the year honors with Ricardo Hernandez of Woodburn. Joining Esparza on the first team were Eagles Omar Renteria, David Ramirez and Ivan Pelayo. On the second team were Isael Ramirez and Julian Pelayo, while Nolan Cramer, Damien Uribe and Omar Garcia received honorable mention. For Cascade, which was 8-4 in OWC league play and dealt Stayton its lone conference loss, Julian Lopez and Alex Gutierrez were named to the first team. Jacob Farr, Ruben Ruiz and Octavio Leiriao were named to the second team, while Dylan Wolf, Danny Pelayo and

Girls soccer: KJ Nyquist of Stayton was named Oregon West Conference player of the year. Nyquist, a senior, led the Eagles to an 11-4-1 overall record and a 9-2-1 mark in the Oregon West. Stayton took third in league and lost in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs to North Marion. Joining Nyquist on the first team from Stayton was Maddie Pask. Secondteamers for the Eagles were Kirsten Burt and Julieta Arreola. Earning honorable mention were Kenzie Pugh, Allie Hlavinka, Alissa Humphreys, Rian Hill and Karlee Tyler. Leah Delamarter was a first-team pick and Alexia Privratsky earned second team mention for Cascade. Football: Cascade ran the table in the Oregon West with a perfect 5-0 season and the Cougars finished 7-2 overall. But for coach Brandon Bennett and his squad there was one that got away, the round of 16 playoff game against visiting Baker. Cascade turned over the ball five times, with the mistakes playing a key role in the 38-21 loss to the Bulldogs. “In the playoffs mistakes are magnified,” Bennett told Our Town. “We played well for the most part but when we got momentum it was killed quickly by a big play (by them) or a turnover by us. We had our chances but did not capitalize. Baker is a good football team and I want to give them the respect that is due.  Their kids played well.”

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“Our culture had changed over the last two years in a direction I was not happy with,” he said. “As coaches we set some very high expectations (this year) for the boys, especially the seniors. All the kids in the program rose to those expectations.  They changed the culture in a year.  Commitment, weight room, and a family atmosphere. I could not be more proud of our 12 seniors and what they did for this program moving forward.” The undefeated league title was the eighth in school history, and the Cougars made the playoffs all four years. They were “just a great group to be around.  Our community should be proud of them,” Bennett said. Volleyball: Stayton and Cascade each placed two players on the all-Oregon West Conference second team. Honored from Stayton were Hannah Mitzel and Carly Rose Lederer, while the Cougars placed Maddy Worst and Brooke Worst. Three Stayton players earned honorable mention: Kalista Szmyd, Emma Heuberger and Megan Benson. Cascade had one HM on the list, Kenna Coleman. Santiam, meanwhile, placed two athletes on the all-Tri-River Conference lists, second-teamer Lucretia Benolken and Mckenzie Dodge, who received honorable mention. Follow me on @jameshday.

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A Grin at the End

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I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years. I was a dishwasher at the Woolworths luncheonette in the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania shopping mall; a bass player in several rock bands; a newspaper reporter and editor; a stock broker and financial planner… I’m sure I left out a few.

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But one of the best jobs I ever had was as a janitor at an elementary school. It wasn’t the money. I received a whopping $1.60 an hour. That was the minimum wage, and it was hard work. One summer I cleaned an entire school from top to bottom by myself. I changed every light bulb, scrubbed and waxed all of the floors, washed every desk and window – I’m getting tired just thinking about it.

That’s a lesson I think about every day. So many people seem to think of work as akin to getting teeth pulled. I don’t. Camaraderie, jokes, playful banter – it’s all a way to enjoy what you’re doing while you do it.

What made it a great a job is I could measure my progress every day. I averaged a room a day. When I got a wing done I would move all of the furniture out of the classrooms and do the floors. Then I’d move the furniture back and do the hallway and move on to the next wing. Day by day, room by room, I learned that hard work and perseverance pays off. And I had no one else to blame if I wasn’t staying on track.

When school was in session, the teachers and principal would ignore me. That was fine, because I had plenty to keep me busy. But when something broke or a light went out I was the most important guy on the planet. That was pretty cool for someone still in his teens. During the school year I worked with a crew. My boss was the best I ever had. Harry was in his 50s. He was about 5-foot-5 and had streaks of gray in his black hair. He worked hard and never once complained. His job was important to him, and so was his family. He was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the local I.A.C.

I also got to work around plumbers, carpenters and other professionals who were doing projects around the school. They taught me that you can work hard and have fun at the same time.


But there was one thing Harry always did: whistle. No particular tune. Just a meandering, sweet melody. One time I asked him about it. “It’s my early warning system,” he said. “If kids hear my whistle, they know I’m around. If they’re messing up the building they’ll stop before I get there.” A half century later, I always whistle, too, whether I’m at home or at work. I do it just so people know I’m heading their way. Just like Harry. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.


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