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Captured by cartoons By Mary Owen Cartooning has always been an integral part of Dave Shelton’s life. “I began drawing from the age of 5,” said the Gates artist. “I remember winning a poster contest in kindergarten and receiving 10 cents as a prize. I was the one in class the teacher asked to draw on the chalk board for special occasions. “I was influenced by Archie comic books in my styling Dave Shelton and content,” he continued. “I would make up my own characters and draw comic books on notebook paper. I always knew I would be an artist when I grew up.” Shelton entered art school in Portland the summer following high school. He learned about different mediums – watercolor, oils, pen and ink. He attended two years and then became a sign painter through what he calls “a fluke of fate.”

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“My first sign business was in Hillsboro in 1977,” said Shelton, who celebrates 40 years in the sign business this year. “I was 19 and knew very little about business. I tried to use drawings and cartoons in my sign designs. Over the years, I have painted some very challenging murals.” One such project entailed painting full-sized scenes of buildings and people on the 30-foot cement walls of a warehouse own by John and Susan Davis of Stewart Stiles Trucking Co. Their warehouse houses their 120 custom and vintage automobile collection in Cornelius, Ore. “The mural covers most of the interior walls from floor to ceiling and has 10 or more auto-related scenes, such as a drive-in movie theater, a Mobile gas station, and a hotel with the American Bandstand show filming Elvis live in the courtyard,” Shelton said.

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Dave Shelton shares his sense of fun, love of art Shelton has been the sign maker and artist for Oaks Amusement Park in Portland for more than 25 years, painting numerous murals and creating a colorful backdrop for families to play. In 2013, he painted a space-themed background on the walls of the bumper car building. “The inspiration was The Jetsons TV show,” said Shelton, who owns White Water Signs & Graphics in Gates. He offers vinyl lettering, logos, cartoons, banners, truck/ car decals, large format printing and T-shirt screen prints, and other design work. Shelton’s signs can be seen on businesses throughout the Santiam Canyon and beyond, including Mehama Ace Hardware, Mountain Café in Mill City, The Hoop in Salem, Anthony Hall in Sublimity, and on vehicles such as Power GMC of Corvallis. His customers give positive testament to his talents: “Dave is the most professional sign maker! I always know that he’s the one who did them because they always look great.” And “polite, professional and quick. Love the service!”

Signs may be Shelton’s bread and butter, but cartoons remain his passion. “Cartoons are something everyone enjoys and gives a playful feeling to signs and advertising,” he said. “Not to mention the history cartoons play in politics as well as humor in general. You can convey so much information and emotion in a single drawing.”

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In 1980, Shelton put his talents to work creating a cartoon strip called Bernie, loosely based on his life and loves. Stonewall Features Syndicate based in San Francisco picked up the strip, and Shelton drew four strips per month for almost 10 years.

individuals,” said Cheryl Gribskov, with Hearts to Arts. Students are asked to bring a drawing tablet, pencil, felt-tip pen, eraser, and photo to turn into a cartoon.

“My cartoon was carried in a number of weekly and bi-monthly periodicals across the country,” he said. “It was a great experience, and helped me to hone my writing, drawing and inking skills to a professional level.”

“I hope to foster a love of cartooning in my students and encourage more people to draw!” said Shelton.

Through Santiam Hearts to Arts, Shelton will teach basic cartooning in a two-hour class on two consecutive Saturdays, March 18 and 25, 10 a.m. to noon at the Canyon

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A pooch park By Mary Owen Stayton’s Happy Tails Dog Park is one step closer to becoming a reality. “At our last meeting, we formed committee groups to do research for grants, fundraising and park design,” said Rèse Bourdeau, who was instrumental in getting the project going. “This is a project that is very dear to my heart because of my parents. Almost daily a few years ago my Dad and I would load his Boston Terrier into his truck and go up to the Halsey Street Dog Park in Portland where for a few minutes I would see him relax, and sometimes even smile with people. “What the other dog park visitors didn’t know was that my mom, his wife of 60 years, was home in their living room on a hospice bed,” she said. “During those precious few weeks, I realized that a dog park is about way more than just dogs.”

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Cosmos, the Boston Terrier, now lives with Bourdeau’s niece, Chanel Bourdeau. “Both of them just graduated from college last year,” she fondly said. Bourdeau cites studies showing dog parks follow schools as the motivator for moving into a new neighborhood. “Vacations are now being planned with online searches for dog amenities,” she added. Funds to make the park a reality are being raised through a Leader of the Park major campaign to local businesses, Schindler said. “We are also working on ideas for a community fundraising project which may include memorial bricks and dog-art plaques, but that is still in the planning stages,” she said. Bourdeau said the proposed Stayton dog park has been in the works for more than four years. The project failed to win the

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interest of the Ford Foundation, but was resurrected recently when the original project selected fell through, she said. “About Chanel Bourdeau with Cosmos seven months ago, I was contact by Stayton City Planner Lance Ludwick and asked to resurrect the dog park. Toward that, there is a great team of local businesses and volunteers who have stepped up to make it happen!” Mayor Hank Porter with Gus

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Volunteers are now seeking community partners, Bourdeau said.

Bourdeau and other supporters are happy to finally have a dog park nearby without having to travel to other cities.

“The Stayton City Council, Planning Commission and Parks Board voted to approve a location at 4th and Florence, and a $25,000 matching funds challenge which ends in June,” she said. “The Ford Foundation has contributed $1,025 for the first bench, and over $2,000 has already been raised in personal donations.”

“Isn’t a dog park clearly preventative care for our canine pets?” she asked. “If people have a safe space to exercise and socialize their dogs, many of the very behaviors that cause people to relinquish ownership could be alleviated.” Tricia McCain, designer of the Happy Tails logo, is admittedly a cat person, but she said, “If I had a dog, I would love the benefit of a community dog park where I could walk my dog in a safe environment for us both.”

Happy Tails will boast a fence and offleash area for both small and large dogs. Projected uses include obedience classes, free or low-cost clinics, and other events. When completed, the park will open up “a new reason to walk through Old Town,” Bourdeau said.

For dog owners, she hopes the proposed park will be landscaped with an engineered design that prevents “a soggy, muddy and unusable place on those extra rainy days.”

“This area is perfect!” she added. “We hope to have major funding wrapped up by April so that Happy Tails is open the beginning of summer.”


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The dog park, she said, will let people enjoy the Tails and community parks without fear of off-leash dogs.

“And less poo!” she added. Bourdeau encourages interested individuals to attend a Happy Tails Dog Park supporters meeting, held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the Stayton Library Conference Room. “There’s still plenty to do as the park vision materializes, so come with your ideas and input,” Bourdeau said. To donate, make checks out to The Santiam Community Endowment, Inc. and attach a slip designating “dog park.” Either deposit at or mail to NW Preferred Federal Credit Union, 393 E. Florence St., Stayton, OR 97383. In-kind donations for benches, a drinking fountain, bag station, or other components of the park are welcomed. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call Mayor Hank Porter at 503-769-5792.

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By Mary Owen Three employees of the Stayton Family Memorial Pool will receive life-saving citations from the American Red Cross this month. “We’re lucky in this community to have people so well trained looking over us at the pool,” said Jack Burnett, president of Stayton Friends of the Pool. “We’re very proud of what they did. They did an awesome job!” Lifeguard Jacob Rothrock of Mill City, lifeguard Aleya Hill of Stayton, and Billie Hight-Maurer, former aquatic director, of Aumsville, helped save the life of Michael Hefner of Stayton last June 23. Rothrock responded to a whistle from Hill, the lifeguard on duty, who saw Hefner lose consciousness and start to slip under the water. Rothrock, Hill and Hight-Maurer removed Hefner from the water while Kathy Ellis called 911. At that time, Hefner was not breathing and had no pulse. CPR was performed and the automated external defibrillator was deployed but not used. “He didn’t show signs of life until the paramedics arrived,” Hight-Maurer said of the approximately

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12-minute time lapse. “We train for CPR all the time, but it’s different when you actually have to do it. For Aleya and I, everything we practiced just kicked in.” Members of the Stayton Fire District, Stayton Police Department and Santiam Ambulance arrived at the scene and took over Hefner’s care. He was then transported to the hospital where he was placed into the ICU, having suffered cardiac arrest at the pool. Hefner recovered and contacted his rescuers to thank them for their “quick, professional response,” the Red Cross reported. “Preparation for this type of emergency is continuous and on-going for the lifeguards, and the hope is they will never need to use their training,” Red Cross offcials said.

Hight-Maurer indicated at the time of the incident that she believed it was the first time CPR was needed at the Stayton Family Memorial Pool. “I have never heard of it being used there before in a full-on code situation,” Hight-Maurer. “We were pretty jazzed” about being able to save a life, she said, adding all three were doing their jobs, and the rescue all came together. “We’re just happy he’s alive,” she said. “The fact that he walked into the building and said ‘thank you’ is better than any award!” For their actions, the trio will be awarded the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award, one of the highest awards given by ARC to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services course. The certificate bears the signature of the president and CEO as well as the chairman of the American Red Cross. The citations will be presented at a ceremony and celebration Friday, March 17, 3-6 p.m. at the Stayton Community Center.

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Stayton Library. Music, dance for little ones. Free. 503-769-3313

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AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Memorial Center. 502-399-0599

Wednesday, March 1 Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with hat decorations. Change to monthly luncheons discussed. RSVP to hostess Jean Evett, 503-859-2563.

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10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499 3:30 p.m., Stayton Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Wear crazy hats, enjoy guests readers, Dr. Seuss treat. Prizes for best hats. 503-769-3313

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7 p.m., The Little Red Schoolhouse, 151 Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre presents ‘Private Lives.’ $15 adults, $12 seniors, students, $8 children 12 and under. Repeats 7 p.m. March 4; 3 p.m. March 5. 503-3856653,

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

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2 - 5 p.m., Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Maria Bulkow, folk musician, opens the concert. Attendees are encouraged to bring own instrument to join the concert, or just come enjoy the music. Paul Toews is MC. Refreshments available. 503-769-8860

Monday, March 6 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meet. Stayton Police K9 team Detective Paul Eves and Officer Brodie speak on development of Stayton’s K9 program, give demonstration. Refreshments served. All welcome.

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6:30 p.m., Sublimity Elementary, 431 E. Main St. 503-769-2459

Stayton City Council

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

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Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats March 21.

Wednesday, March 8 Mom to Mom

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Mom to Mom is for mothers of children ages birth to six years old. Meet other moms, share stories.

Canyon Conversations

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Moxieberry, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking, publicity lunch. Free to attend; no-host lunch. Repeats March 22.

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Ellen Eagan of Egan Gardens. Hostess Cheryl Cappelletti. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-5913

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Family Movie

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Family movie, “Moana.” Free. 503-769-3313

Santiam Canyon School Board

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Sublimity Fire District Board

7 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3282

Thursday, March 9 North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public.

‘Shrek the Musical’

7 p.m., Regis High. Regis High students present ‘Shrek the Musical.’ Repeats 7 p.m. March 10, 11; 1 p.m. March 11. $10 adults, $8 students. Children 6 and under free. Tickets available in Regis office or by calling 503-769-2159.

Aumsville Historical Society

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Discuss museum display, work on requests for information. Open to public. 503-749-2744

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Friday, March 10 Teen Movie

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Teen movie, “Doctor Strange,” for grades 6 - 12. Free. Snacks provided. 503-769-3313

Saturday, March 11 Brown House Work Party

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Monthly work party to restore Brown House. Projects include installing baseboards, hanging cabinets, gardening, stripping woodwork and wallpaper. 503-769-8860

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Monday, March 13 Art Club

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly art club for ages 5 and older. Limited to 20 participants; check with library for openings. Free. 503-7693313

Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

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

Tuesday, March 14 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public.

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon, surrounding area. Open to public. Refreshments served.

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Mill 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

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Teens make own books in style of Keri Smith’s “Wreck This Journal.” Learn basic stitch binding. Snacks provided. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, March 18 Pancake Breakfast

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets March 28. John Koger, 503-743-3117

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits and gravy, beverage. $6; children 6 and under free. 503-859-2161

Wednesday, March 15

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., two locations. Molly Mo’s, 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity, and Mama Roost, 351 N Third St, Stayton, host their annual spring sale. Vintage, found, homemade items.

Young Professionals Meet-Up

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals open to business people in the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464

Spaghetti Dinner

4:30 - 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Annual Friends of the Pool spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Presale tickets, $7, available at Stayton Family Memorial Pool, United Methodist Church, members of Friends of Stayton Pool. Adults $8 at door. $4 children age 6 - 12. 503-5691392

Thursday, March 16 Rock the Blocks

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Lego club. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult; adults must be accompanied by child. Free. 503-7693313

Friday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

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Monday, March 20 Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or Carolyn Sunderman at 503-580-8318, or visiting Walk-ins scheduled at door.

Random Reader’s Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Meet other eager readers of chapter books. Read, share books, snacks, art projects. Free. 503-769-3313

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

Thursday, March 23 Go Green for Spring

6:30 - 8 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. OSU Extension Service and Calvary Lutheran offer Nutrition with Cooking classes. Learn strategies for eating healthier, ways to keep active. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763,

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Karen Karbo, award-winning Oregon author, speaks about her works. Reception accompanies event. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, March 24 Spring Break-Out Dance Party

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Monday, March 27 Aumsville City Council

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

Tuesday, March 28 Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, March 29 Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly book discussion group for adults. This month, “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Friday, March 31 Family Movie

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Family movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

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Sandra Wang will graduate from Regis High School in June.

“These students from China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan are full-time students who intend to graduate from Regis High School as regular students,” he said. “They usually start in their sophomore or junior year. This year between the exchange students and the foreign students there will be a dozen students from abroad attending Regis.”

“This is Sandra’s second year at Regis,” said Mike Bauer, the school’s exchange coordinator. “Her second year has been even better than her first as she has found a really nice family who made her part of their family.”

Bauer said as the exchange and foreign student presence has increased, so has the need for host families.

Wang told Bauer her first year was hard until she started making friends by participating in cheerleading. This year, however, she blossomed, Bauer said. “Sandra was selected as a homecoming princess,” he said. “She has done very well in her classes, and has added much to Regis.” Wang, who comes from China, is just one of a dozen foreign students attending Regis this year, he said. “Among the benefits to the school and community are a chance to connect our students, our families, and families from the broader Santiam Canyon Area with a different culture and to build strong and lasting relationships,” Bauer said. “Another is to expose our students to the world outside the school and community. “Prior to 1999, we only had an occasional student from Europe, a couple from South America, and a few from Japan,” Bauer said. “We accepted our first Japanese students

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Underwood said. “My brother restored a 1937 teardrop trailer and for years I had thought about restoring an old trailer for my own use. I was given a 1950 Rod and Reel trailer by the original owner. My plan was to restore it to its original condition.” But after bringing the trailer home, Underwood found that the framing was too rotted to rebuild. He ended up dismantling the entire trailer, he said. “So I thought why not build a twin of the trailer as I build up the original,” he added. “That’s how I started Thom Thumb Trailers.” Underwood’s first two trailers took about a year and a half to build.

Underwood said his trailers are very true to the original, and people may have trouble distinguishing the new from the old. The trailers come with allleather dinette seating, modern propane dinette lighting, all-cotton vintage-style window coverings, and a full-size bed (dinette converts to a twin-size). They are constructed with polished aluminum siding, birchwood interiors, man-made awning style windows, and stainless steel 1950s-style wheel covers. “It is very important to me, especially the interior, to use safe, natural materials that will not off-gas chemicals or contain formaldehyde,” he said. “The flooring is not vinyl but true, old-fashioned linoleum, and all of the wood is finished with authentic allnatural shellac.” The most difficult step – and the most satisfying – is recreating windows to look vintage, working and operating exactly as the originals, he said.

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Sports & Recreation

Highlights in top form

Perennial powerhouse prepares for state

The Stayton Highlights are once again chasing history. The dance squad has finished first or second at state the past 15 years, including a phenomenal 11 consecutive titles from 2003-2014.

4 Wolverines hosted Weston-McEwen on Feb. 24, with No. 10 Regis visiting Oakridge. In Class 4A Cascade goes to Estacada and Stayton visits Banks in the play-in round.

“We have had an amazing year so far,” said Coach Robin Meier, who has been involved in all 15 of those seasons. “We have taken first at all of our competitions. Our scores have been great and our routine is getting a lot of positive feedback from judges and the audience”

Wrestling: Cascade finished third in the Special District 2 championships and sent eight wrestlers to the OSAA Class 4A championships in Portland.

The state meet routine is called “Uncomfortably, comfortable” and is inspired by Zen poetry about risk-taking. “I’ve seen so many people cry watching the team dance this routine,” Meier said. “And it’s so wonderful to see that they are really invested in the story and the performance in front of them. It’s been a special year for sure.” The Highlights have 34 members, including four boys, a first for the squad. Makenzie Schwarm, Faith King, Roni Heagy, Gracie Tabor, Abbie Schafer and Courtney Griffith are the captains. Meier is assisted by Alyssa Russell and Belle Meier. The Highlights will perform Saturday, March 4 in a competition at Centennial High and will offer a free performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Stayton High. The state meet is March 16-18 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Hoops: Veteran Cascade girls Coach Mark Stevens has joined a select group

of state coaches by recording his 500th victory. Win No. 500, a 68-45 victory Jan. 24 at Newport allowed Stevens, in his 27th year, to join Brad Smith (Oregon City), Gary Lavender (Sheridan, Lake Oswego), Marty Ballard (Myrtle Point) and Dave Wakefield (North Clackamas Christian, Damascus Christian) in the girls hoops 500 club. Stevens won a state title in 2011 and has finished second four other times: 1997, 1998, 2004 and last season. This year’s Cougars are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A and just finished a 10-0 Oregon West Conference season. Cascade will host a home playoff game March 4, with a win pushing the Cougars into the state tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Stayton hosted Hidden Valley on Feb. 25 in a play-in game after finishing 6-4 in league under first-year coach Darren Shryock, the former boys coach at Silverton. In Class 2A Regis traveled to Gold Beach for a Feb. 24 round of 16 game. A Rams win would put them in the state tournament in Pendleton. In boys basketball Santiam and Regis came into last weekend needing one win to advance to Pendleton. The No.

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District champions for the Cougars included Kane Nixon (113), James Van Agtmael (195) and Louie Sanchez (220). Asa Alexander (145) and Kade VanDeHey (152) took second, while David Villegas (4th, 106), Joe Baxter (4th, 113) and Macoy Christman (3rd, 285), earned spots in the state meet. Cascade totaled 244.5 team points, trailing only Sweet Home (407) and North Marion (300.5). Stayton, meanwhile, finished seventh with 121.5, led by Levi Summers, the district champion at 170 pounds. Also going to state for the Eagles were third-place finishers Ryan Ninman (120) and Cleveland Smith (160). Swimming: Stayton’s Eric Steitz took fifth in the 100 breaststroke at the Feb. 17-18 OSAA Class 4A-1A state championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham. Steitz, who broke his own school record by swimming 1:04.51, also combined with Chris Linton, Josh Placek and Braden Ballard to take 10th in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Other Eagles

participating included Sadie Mak (7th in 500 free, 8th in 100 free), Linton (10th in 500 free, 11th in 100 fly) and the 400 free relay team of Sadie Mak, Hannah Mitzel, Megan Mak and Sydney Maurer, which finished 10th. Cascade’s Min Wei, meanwhile, earned the Cougars three team points by finishing fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.18. Football: Senior lineman Dominic Federico of Cascade is one of 16 Oregon student-athletes to receive scholar-athlete recognition from the National Football Foundation. Federico, who was among 89 individuals who applied for the honor, was honored along with the other winners at a Feb. 26 banquet. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship. Federico, a threeyear starter for the Cougars, helped lead the squad to the Class 4A quarterfinals in 2014, a state title in 2015 and a semifinal berth in 2016. Federico was named firstteam all-state this past season while also earning second-team honors on defense. He was the Oregon West lineman of the year. Federico carries a 4.15 grade-point average with 12 AP course taken. He plans to study business at the University of Oregon. Cheer: Regis took home fifth in the Feb. 11 OSAA Class 3A-2A-1A cheerleading competition. The state champion was Delphian, runner-up Cascade Christian, third-place Central Linn and fourth-place Willamina. Got a news tip? Email me at jamesday590@ Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Sports Datebook Monday, March 13

4 p.m. Cascade vs Blanchet Boys Tennis 4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Gaston Softball, Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Central Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home Softball 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Scappoose Baseball


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Wednesday, March 15 4 p.m. Stayton vs Blanchet Girls Tennis 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Amity Softball

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Monday, March 20 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Sweet Home Softball

Tuesday, March 21 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Tillamook Softball 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Molalla Softball 4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Country Christian

4 p.m. Cascade vs Lebanon Boys Tennis 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Cottage Grove Softball 4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Kennedy Softball

Thursday, March 23 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Molalla Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Tillamook Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cottage Grove Softball 4:30 p.m. Regis vs Oakland Baseball, Softball

Friday, March 24 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Seaside Softball

Monday, March 27 1 p.m. Regis vs Toledo Baseball, Softball

Tuesday, March 28 11 a.m. Stayton vs Scappoose Baseball

Thursday, March 31 11 a.m. Cascade, Stayton boys golf @ Santiam Golf Course 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs South Albany Softball

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IS SPACE A PROBLEM: We may have your answer. Businesses,need a larger Board room? Place for a training? Somewhere to host a Hiring Fair? Maybe a professional person looking to have an office or place to meet clients away From your own home? Moms, Grandmas Parents and other groups, need somewhere to fit 25 to 80 people or more for a Baby Shower Birthday party etc?? We at St Edward’s want to share our space with the community, yes on Sunday it is our church.. But it could be almost anything you need. We have an amazing kitchen with 4 ovens, 8 burners.. NO it is not a certified space. But Yes it is rentable for canning or baking or to host an extended family dinner or family reunion. Think Christmas parties, etc… Currently space is available beginning Dec 1, 2016 with Hourly, daily, weekly or Monthly rates depending on your needs. Please contact Heather at 503-569-9874 for future information and to reserve your space. OFFICE SPACE 103 S. First St. in Silverton. 2nd floor suites, includes utility and parking 503-874-8111

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A Grin at the End


The tool of the titans... some called them nerds

I was cleaning out my desk drawers at home the other day, and ran across one of the most powerful computers ever invented.

Before the end of the century, we will land on Mars. And most importantly, we are on the verge of a new energy era. In the future, we won’t burn coal or oil or even use the sun to power our lives. Another source of energy will be discovered, yes, by a nerd, that will supply all of our needs. It will be clean and limitless.

It was an Acu-Math No. 500, also known as a slide rule. I showed it to my 20-year-old son. He looked at it as though it has fallen from the sky, an artifact of a past civilization. In a sense,Ahe who slideNrules l was w Aright. y S The A cpeople cep t iused Ng ew pAtieNtS are gone, most of them. And the only ones who even ANd All typeS oF iNSurANceS recognize them are the remnants of a generation of nerds This took old-fashion brain power, and a slide rule. If that once ruled the Earth. you were really going Buck Rogers, you also would use something high-tech like a chalkboard. The slide rule, also known by the cool people as a “slipstick,” was invented in the 17th century. It used the basic properties of logarithms, exponents, to perform complex calculations that would otherwise take hours to do by hand. Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, Maria Fife, MD



A slide rule was the main tool mathematicians, engineers and others who designed complicated structures used to “do the math.”

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A slide rule was the light saber used by engineers to figure stuff out. In a real sense, they reached for the stars using their slide rules. Carl W Leder,

Before electronic calculators and the computers that PA-C came after them, slide rules were wielded by the best and brightest. They were used to design bridges, skyscrapers, even launched men to the moon using a unimposing fool-long gadget that ran solely on brain power. No electricity, no batteries, just intellect.

“Do the math” would involve solving complicated Treatment of them, Chronic equations with multiple variables. To solve an Illness engineer had to isolate a variable and solve for another. such as Diabetes/Hypertension In the 21st Century, we will see and do things that our He or she would then continue until they calculated the parents never even imagined. We already see robots that Preventative Care • Sports Medicine can build anything. Cars will soon drive themselves. relationship between all of the variables.

I’m a believer in the future. I’m a believer that we will get past whatever travails lie ahead and, as a civilization, learn to live together. I’m just not sure of the timing. I’d like to say we’re on that path, but it appears we still have some things to work out with our politics and priorities. But it will happen, sooner or later. We will learn that we are meant to get along with one another, no matter the race, or the religion, or where we live. When that happens, I believe it will in large part be because of the brilliant men and women who came before us, who used their intellectual gifts for the good of mankind. We will stand on the shoulders of these giants, who with their slide rules built a better world. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.

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Maria Fife, FNP-BC

Kelly Hanh Ramirez, PA-C

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