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Civics 101

Water assets By Mary Owen Last month, the North Santiam Watershed Council released ECONorthwest’s final report on the importance of water in the North Santiam basin. ECONorthwest’s report took 17 months to complete, and was sponsored by the Oregon Business Council, Meyer Memorial Trust, Ford Family Foundation, Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, Marion County, City of Salem and NSWC. The report states there is a $42 annual value to residential users to mitigate water curtailment, above and beyond what is already paid for water. Correctional facilities are the largest North Santiam Watershed industry user of water. ECONorthwest’s lead author Sarah Reich told people who attended the rollout on Feb. 19 at the Marion County Public Works Building in Silverton that over 500,000 recreational visits occur in the North Santiam watershed per year at an average of $73 per visit above what people

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spend on travel, gear and other items. “This equates to $36.5 million annually in economic activity,” Reich said in her presentation. “The visitor demand to the North Santiam Watershed directly correlates with reservoir levels: a 1-foot drop at the Detroit Reservoir equals a 2 percent decline in visitation to the region.” The report notes that traditionally unirrigated crops are transitioning to irrigated crops either through the planting of premium crops to maintain economic viability or due to changes in weather patterns that modifies traditional growing seasons. Lastly, the distribution of benefits and costs are uneven: beneficiaries aren’t necessarily bearing the costs of water management, mitigation, protection and conservation efforts. “The North Santiam Watershed is a special place with complex competing and complementary users,” said Rebecca McCoun, NSWC executive director. “The economic and ecological viability of the North Santiam Watershed will be

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based on many federal and state actions over the next few years.” McCoun said several actions directly impact the North Santiam Watershed: the Willamette Biological Opinion Implementation (also known as BiOp), the Detroit Fish Passage project, the Willamette Basin Water Re-allocation study and the Environmental Impact Statement and Endangered Species Act consultation. These are projects managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and under consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service. “The Willamette Basin Re-allocation is the most important of these projects as it sets the permanent prioritization of stored water behind Detroit Dam,” McCoun said. “This will have a long lasting impact on the North Santiam Watershed users and the surrounding region.” McCoun said the reallocation is a Willamette basin-wide approach that includes the Portland Metro region down to roughly the Umpqua National Forest.

“This is not a North Santiam Watershed specific approach,” she said. “This is a massive and complex undertaking where local priorities and the local community economic and social impacts may not be fully accounted for or realized until years after any implemented change.” McCoun said the Oregon Water Resources Department manages the water and allots available water based on who has certificates for the earliest priority dates. “Currently the water contracts in the Willamette Basin are oversubscribed, but water use remains under the contracted amount,” she said. “Conservation measures alone will not be enough to get us out of the water deficit. This means if there is an administrative or meteorological drought, junior water rights holders, such as the small city of Gates, are not guaranteed water and maybe cut off under extended period of water shortage.” OWRD’s decision will determine the future water availability for irrigated local farms, recreation, municipalities, fish and

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“Unfortunately, OWRD lacks knowledge of what water is actually being used in the watershed as not all current water uses have proper water certificates,” McCoun said. “Therefore, the estimates utilized to quantify agricultural use are likely outdated.” Credible and accurate water use and projections will be needed to negotiate and/or contest future federal water decisions, McCoun said. “Agricultural products are enormously important to our historical roots and the economic future of Marion County,” she said. “While agricultural crops grown in Marion County account for a small portion of the overall economic base, the supporting industries such as food processors, beverage manufacturers and the transportation sectors significantly impact the overall economic and social health of our community. Abundant access to high quality, low cost water is imperative for their operations to continue in this region. Uncertainty about the regulatory landscape for water makes it difficult for water-dependent

farms and businesses to make long term investments.” Post-presentation discussion centered on concerns about environmental equity that comes from the cost burdens on small rural communities to protect water assets for beneficiaries outside of the watershed. According to NSWC, the estimated economic valuation builds a solid case for federal, state and basin-wide investment, coalition-building and policy making. Another major concern was that conservation measures alone will not resolve this future water availability issue. Additionally, concerns were raised that conservation drip irrigation projects are not allowing for aquifer recharging. NSWC reported policy discussions are happening at local, state and federal levels, and that the time is ripe to prioritize necessary water actions and projects. The post-presentation discussion concluded with a desire for proactive local water ecosystem coalition and leadership from among various regional water-

dependent industries, municipalities, water managers and watersheds. The goal is to unite, prioritize and mitigate future water availability issues. McCoun suggested landowners look at their natural resources, soil, water and plant communities on their land. Landowners also need to implement best management practices that keep sediment and pollutants out of the creeks and control non-native invasive plant species, she added. “It is important that the community understands the value of their watershed,” McCoun said. “We are all here because of the river and the many resources it provides. We must work together to manage it for its many diverse uses.” For more information, call NSWC at 503-930-8202 or e-mail the council at council@northsantiam.org. The full ECONorthwest report, “Economic Importance of Water in the North Santiam,” can be accessed at http:// northsantiam.org.

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Business

Perennial pioneers By Mary Owen Freres Lumber earned several newsworthy accolades last month. First and foremost, the late Ted Freres of Stayton was recognized by the Portland Wholesale Lumber Association as Lumberman of the Year for 2018. Ted passed away from pancreatic cancer last June, and was represented at the December award ceremony by his sons. “We are deeply honored that PWLA has honored our father posthumously as Lumberman of the Year,” said Tyler Freres, vice president of sales. “His contributions to the wood products industry were born out of a deep love for the industry, the people he interacted with, and the resource that he worked with every day.” Tyler said his father would have been surprised by this honor as “he was a humble man, who lived by the notion that everyone should win in their relationship with the company he helmed for nearly three decades.” He credited his dad for

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“his love of innovation, his belief in investing in new technology, and his willingness to grow the company under his leadership.” “He was committed to the Santiam Canyon and especially to causes that supported children,” Tyler said. According to information on the PWLA website, Ted Freres was “the son of a lumberman with humble beginnings on the North Fork of the Santiam River where his father started a small sawmill in 1922. His first job was cleaning chips and sawdust out of the bins and off of the chains at the mill.” After graduating with a degree in business from Oregon State University, Ted brought his expertise to the family lumber business. A plaque with Ted’s name is now hanging at the World Forestry Center in Portland. “Ted was never the person that sought recognition for his efforts, but he had a long, accomplished career that left a mark on the industry and the people he worked

with,” said Kyle Freres, vice president of operations. “To us, this award is a reflection of the respect and appreciation he built over his life. And, we can’t thank PWLA enough for the award recognizing a great man. Above all, this award reflects what type of person our dad was, and the integrity and honesty he brought his business and his personal relationships. “As a family, we are all adjusting to life without dad, and providing support to each other when it is difficult,” he added. “At the company, we continue to develop our new product, which Ted was instrumental in making a reality. The new product, new markets and new opportunities are driving changes throughout our operations, and we will continue to adapt to the challenges ahead.” A major contribution by Ted was to introduce the computer to Freres Lumber. Today, the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, controlled by advanced computer technologies, have made Freres an industry frontrunner. Last

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By Mary Owen Local artist Paul Toews has captured a slice of Sublimity history in his recently completed work. Toews’ mural, “Shaping the Future,” now hangs on the inside wall of The Grove in downtown Stayton, but will soon hang on the outside wall of the new addition to Sublimity Lumber Supply. “This new building sits on the site of what at one time was an essential center of Sublimity – the blacksmith shop,” said Toews, hailed by many for his art and teaching skills. “Henry Mutchler owned the shop until it closed its doors in 1953.” Toews said the mural weathered a number of setbacks, including his recent major heart surgery, but is now ready to be unveiled to the community. “I didn’t take the easy road on this project,” he said. “In order to create the effect I was after, of looking from the outside into the interior of a room full of the busy assortments of an active blacksmith shop, I had to establish ‘a tricky perspective.’” Toews also accepted the challenge of implementing an old style of creating light that comes primarily from a point within the center of the scene.

“A Renaissance method sometimes referred to as the Chiaroscuro effect,” he explained. “In this case, illuminating from the flames of the forge.” According to Toews, the city’s former mural organization, an active group of citizens, and SCTC was involved in getting the mural going. “Things unforeseen happened and the group dissolved,” Toews said, “but not before this mural got started.” Freres Building Supply has been instrumental in keeping the project going, he added. “Dan Goodman, who owns both stores in Stayton and Sublimity, has generously covered the supplies to this point,” Toews said. “Four other people have independently contributed a total of $1,000. I estimate the total cost to be about $6,000.” People in the know have been all a-twitter about the project actually coming to fruition. “People keep coming by to comment and critique,” said Toews, who encourages their input. With help from the Marketplace, Toews will official unveil the mural at a showing and reception at his studio, Art Gone Wild, 349 N. Third Ave., Stayton, March 26, 5;30 to 7:30 p.m. with a mural reveal at 6:30 p.m. Moxieberry

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Conley said the band, choir and drama programs have already earmarked large portions of the grant toward purchases that will have a lasting impact on SHS performing arts students for many years to come.

The Stayton High Performing Arts program received a $25,000 grant last month from Keeping the Arts, a nonprofit started by alumni Steve Gehlen and Valerie Day. “The sole mission of our organization is to give money to K-12 school arts programs in Oregon,” said Gehlen, who presented the grant to SHS at the opening of Godspell on Feb. 22. “The family wanted to give money to a rural school, and it made the most sense to do it through an organization that has an established track record of doing that for over 15 years.” Last year, the organization distributed grants to eight different youth arts education programs, Gehlen said. “This is the first grant of 2019,” he added. “The organization has distributed $140,000 to such programs to date.” The grants were given in honor of Gehlen’s brother Damon, SHS class of 1983, made possible by a donation to Keeping the Arts from his grandparents, Richard and Ruth Bassien, and mother, Patricia Gehlen. Damon was active in band, choir and drama at the school before passing away in his senior year. His musical talents made a positive impact on those who knew him, his brother said.

“I was in awe of my little brother Damon’s creative talent,” said Gehlen, who played with high school friends for seven years back in the day with the “Runnin’ Wild” bluegrass band. “One thing we learned from our parents and grandparents is the importance of giving back to your community. This donation ties it all together.” “The response from Damon’s school mates has been nothing short of amazing, and how they still think of him 35 years later,” Gehlen said. “My Facebook post about the grant generated 70 comments and 173 reactions. My mom and brother have been floored by this response.” Comments ranged for “so many awesome memories of Damon,” “such a sweet spirit,” “such an inspiration” to “great stage band memories with him – always had a smile for everyone.” Drama instructor Les Conley, who attended SHS with Damon, called the grant “a fitting way to honor his involvement in all of the performing arts programs.”

David McGinnis, president of Keeping of the Arts board of directors, said, “The performing arts programs here at Stayton High had a big impact on me when I was here. It is rewarding to continue to support arts education.” Since 2006, Keeping the Arts has donated $37,000 to the North Santiam School District. “Some of his former classmates were inspired to donate some additional money so we will be setting up a scholarship in Damon’s name for a Stayton High School senior who plans to study an arts or creative studiesrelated major in college and demonstrates some of Damon’s positive traits,” Gehlen said. Donations to the fund can be contributed at http://keepingthearts.org/about/donate.

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Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. For children and family members. Free. Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Age 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Donations accepted. Reservations requested by calling Ginger, 503-769-7995 Yoga, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. $20/year. All ages; children must be accompanied by participating adult. For more information, call 503-769-8860. AA Meetings, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton. Repeats Thursdays. For more Oregon meetings, visit aa-oregon.org. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Santiam Hearts to Arts, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426

Tuesday

Family Storytime, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Songs, stories, rhymes. For children and family members. Free. Senior Meals, noon, First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204. Undercover Storytimes, 3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Secret stories, activities. For school-age children. Free. Stayton Community Singers, 7 p.m., Rising Star Studios, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. Risingstarstudios.net, 971-304-4255 AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. aa-oregon.org Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Wednesday

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

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

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Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498

Friday

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.

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AARP Tax Help, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Walk-in appt. only. Free. Through April 19. AA Meeting, 10 a.m., New Life Church, 1090 N First Ave., Stayton.

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Godspell 7 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Stayton High Performing Arts production. $5 adults, $3 students. Tickets available at door. Repeats 7 p.m. March 2. 503-769-2171

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Saturday, March 2

8 a.m., NSSD Office, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to members, new businesses interested in learning about Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

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3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with fun stories, activities. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

For the Love of Music 6 p.m., North Santiam Eagles, 640 S Broadway, Mill City. Dinner, door prizes, drawings, silent, live auction. Whole crab $30, half crab $15, cornish game hen $10. Live music 8 - 11 p.m. Benefits Santiam Canyon Community Chorus.

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Red Hat Strutters Noon, Covered Bridge Coffee House & Restaurant, 28765 N Main St., Scio. Order off menu; pay separately. Open to public. Reservations are needed. Jean Evett, 503-859-2563.

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Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire District, 1988 W Ida St. Business meeting of Abigail Scott Duniway chapter of DAR followed by guest speaker Chris Meinicke, DAR national advisor for Chemawa Indian School. Refreshments. Public welcome.

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Tuesday, March 5

10 a.m. - midnight, Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Celebrate Mt. Angel’s German heritage with handcrafted German sausages, local and German beers, food, live German music, dancing, games, demonstrations. Admission is $5 for those 21 and older, $10 with specialty stein or glass. Under 21 free if accompanied by adult. Repeats 10 a.m. - midnight March 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 3. Mtangelvolksfest.com

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats March 19.

7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. aa-oregon.org

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Odd Fellows Bingo

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

Small Steps, Big Results

8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Event for entrepreneurs, nonprofits to celebrate successes, clarify priorities, map out action plan. All welcome. Free. Presented by Grow EDC. Allison, 503-871-5188, growsantiam.org

St. Boniface Museum 9 a.m. – noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Appointments: Charlene, 503-508-0312

Stayton Lions Club Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats March 19. Glenn, 503-769-9010, nsantiamfs@ wvi.com

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4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Ralph Breaks the Internet. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive

8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Walk-ins welcome. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for appointment.

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

Needlecraft Group 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring knitting, crochet, needlepoint, quilting for evening of chatting, crafting. Free. Adults. 503-769-3313

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

The Lion King 7 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. Regis Theater production Ticket $10 adults, $8 students. Purchase tickets in advance at the Regis main office or at the door. Repeats 7 p.m. March 8, 9; 2 p.m. March 9; 4 p.m. March 10. 503-769-2159

Saturday, March 9 Native Plant Sale

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais. More than 70 species of plants available. Benefits Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship. List of plants, prices at marionswcd.net/nps19.

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Second Saturday Maker’s Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-873-3593

ACT Auditions 1 - 4 p.m., Chester Bridges Community Center. Auditions for Aumsville Community Theatre’s melodrama, Peril on the High Seas. Five males, nine females and optional extras needed. All ages. No preparation required. 503-302-0936

Spaghetti Benefit Dinner 4:30 - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Spaghetti, salad, bread, hot and cold beverages, dessert. Drawing for Traeger Grill. $10 adults, $5 children 6 - 12. Benefits Friends of the Stayton Pool. Tickets available through Friends of the Pool, at Stayton Family Memorial Pool, United Methodist Church. 503-302-3219

Sunday, March 10

Daylight Savings Time

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Monday, March 11 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

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., Mehama Fire Station, 21475 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-2601

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

Tuesday, March 12 Marion Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public. 503-588-5212

Santiam Historical Society 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Business meeting followed by presentation on Native American history in Mid-Willamette Valley by Dr. David Lewis. Open to public. Refreshments. 503-743-2639

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Thursday, March 14

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 7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. All eligible veterans can join. Repeats March 26. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, March 13 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Hosted by Stayton Area Rotary. Open to members, new businesses interested in learning about Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Lyons Garden Club 1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Ellen Egan of Egan Gardens demonstrates container gardening. Plants available for purchase. Open to public. New members welcome. Cheryl, 503-767-3348; John, 503-508-5913

Caregiver Connection 1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. This month’s topic is end of life planning. Julie, 503-304-3432

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

Dungeons & Dragons 4 - 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Play Dungeons & Dragons. First-timers, experienced players welcome. Grade 6 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Santiam Heritage Foundation Board 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. Repeats March 27. 503-769-8860

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

SHS Booster Club 7:15 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

Managing Money

9 - 11 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Join GROW & Chemeketa SBDC financial wizard Joanne Scharer for hands-on learning about managing cash flow, using financial statements to make good business decisions, more. Julie Wisser of Community Bank in Aumsville talks about what bankers look for a loan or line of credit. Alison, 503-871-5188

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, mbaurer@santiamhospital.org

Mom to Mom 9:30 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Local moms of young children. Children welcome. Repeats March 28. Free. 503-769-2731

DIY Craftshop 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make wreath decorated with felt flowers. Age 12 - adult. Free. Register at library or by calling 503-769-3313.

Revitalize Downtown Stayton Meeting 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-957-0096

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

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

Friday, March 15 March Book Talk

9:30 a.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Tim Nelson, Linda Jensen lead talk on Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Free. Open to public. 503-845-6141

Saturday, March 16 Pancake Breakfast

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits & gravy, coffee, juice. $6; children under 6 free. 503-859-2161

Vintage Spring Market 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Molly Mo’s, 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity; Mama Roost, 6067 SE 78th Ave., Salem. Antiques, vintage, garden decor, fresh wreaths, handmade items. Free admission. 503-510-0820

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 4 - 8 p.m., Anthony Hall, 11758 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Corned beef & cabbage dinner. Drinks by Wolfgang’s. Irish music. $15 per plate. $8 children 11 and under. Takeout available. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony Council 2439. Benefits Oregon Right to Life.

Free Community Bingo 4 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Free to play. Free popcorn, soda. Win prizes. Must be 16 or older to play. Younger family members welcome to attend, but must be monitored by a parent or guardian. Bingo lasts until prizes are gone. Sponsored by Aumsville Exchange Club.

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Taizé Prayer 7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, March 18 Friends of the Library

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. New members welcome. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive 1 - 6 p.m., Foothill Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Walk-ins welcome. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for appointment.

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

Tuesday, March 19

Cascade Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families in local communities. For more information, contact Melissa, 503-769-9319, mbaurer@ santiamhospital.org

Contemplative Prayer Group 3:30 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. All welcome. Free. 503-991-9299

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datebook Ready for Kindergarten! 5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Series of workshops provide information for child’s development. For parents, guardians of children age 4 - 5. Free. Dinner, childcare provided. Register at bit.ly/staytonready2019 or pgodsey@earlylearninghub. org. Classes also April 16, May 21. For more information, call Stayton Elementary at 503-769-2336.

Wednesday, March 20 Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21 NSSD Board

6 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. 503-769-6924

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

Author Visit

Chamber Greeters

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. John Larison, author of Whiskey When We’re Dry, speaks. Reception Free.

8 a.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Hosted by Stayton Area Rotary. 503-769-3464

Gates City Council

DIY Squishies

7 p.m., Gates City Hall, 101 W Sorbin Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-8972669

Monday, March 25

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make your own squishies. Grades 6 - 12. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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

Marion Estates Auxiliary

2 p.m., Sloper Cafe, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. 503-769-8900

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 26

Santiam Canyon 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 in local communities. For more information, contact Melissa, 503-769-9319, mbaurer@santiamhospital.org

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

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

Wednesday, March 27 LIfe-size Clue

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Play life-size version of the classic whodunit to solve the case. Grades 6 - 12. Free. No registration necessary. Information, call 503-769-3313.

Book Discussion for Adults 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for adults. This month’s selection is Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Free. No registration necessary. For more information, call 503-769-3313.

Thursday, March 28 Maker Challenge

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Build unidentified wobbling objects. For school-age children. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Friday, March 29 Teen Movie

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Grades 6 - 12. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Helping Hands

Stepping stones

Small grant propels RDS plans for larger improvements

By Mary Owen Revitalize Downtown Stayton recently received an $8,500 grant from Marion County to prepare for a larger grant. “The grant will be used to fund an architect and coordinate with building owners to complete ongoing restoration and build continuity on both sides of the 300 block of Third Avenue,” said Steve Poisson, RDS president. “This was specifically needed to apply for the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant.” Poisson said the project was specifically discussed and recommended last summer when RDS worked with Main Street to set goals. The Third Avenue block was chosen as it is a central block in the historic downtown district, he added. “This block contains the largest concentration of early 1900s buildings in our focus area,” he said. “It contains buildings significant in the community, including the city hall, police department, Star Cinema, public works offices, and large retail spaces. “All of the property owners on this block have already been involved in improvement of their buildings – many still ongoing,” he added. “City Hall and the Stayton Police Department have already completed great façade improvements.” Additionally, the block was chosen because all property owners were willing and able to provide the 30 percent match required by the grant. “Grant monies are likely to bring most facade projects on the block to completion and will serve as a significant, visual example of the improvements that RDS is attempting to make downtown,” Poisson said. “It will set the design concepts, encourage other building owners to follow suit, and encourage business vitality on Third Avenue.”

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RDS members spent a significant part of last month working with the architect and building owners, and are about to finalize the plans for each building, Poisson said. “The Design Committee identified design goals and hired the architect,” said Poisson, who has been working with Emily Connor, the RARE program coordinator, as liaisons among the parties involved. “The architect is Christina Knowles of Varitone Architecture in Albany. The grant is awarded to RDS, who will oversee the project and monitor financial records and distributions as specified by the grant.” Poisson credited the merchants on the 300 block of Third for being “very enthusiastic and cooperative.” “The grant process required exhaustive documentation,” he said. “All parties have been willing to do the work to collect the data. A few other merchants have also encouraged us in the process.”

The application for the Main Street grant is due March 8, with grant awards to be announced May 3. “If we are awarded the grant, we will proceed with revitalization as planned,” Poisson said. “If not, we will use the renderings to educate the public on our goals and direction and use them for future grant opportunities. “We are very optimistic about our chances of being awarded a grant,” he added. “We believe that we have a unique situation where this grant money will complete an entire block rather than a single building, which is in line with Main Street’s mission.” The state legislature allocated $5 million of lottery funds for this year’s grants, but it is only a one-time allocation, Poisson said. “We encourage the public to contact your state representatives to encourage them to support this program again in this biennium,” he said.

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Business

Splintered

Entrepreneur expands woodworking hobby into Stayton business

By Mary Owen

opportunity to grow so we jumped at the chance.”

Splintered owners Joda Washington and Linda Scott make everything in their downtown Stayton store themselves.

Joda called the community response to the new location “overwhelmingly positive.”

“My mom is my business partner in this journey, and I couldn’t do it without her,” said Joda about Linda. “We search all over for good quality wood pieces and then give them a new life with some creativity, sandpaper, paint and a paint brush.”

“We’ve been told we are such an asset to our town,” she said. Future plans for their new location include hosting workshops by the end of March, Joda said, “where people will come have a glass of wine and/or a cup of coffee, and paint their own sign.”

Joda builds, cuts, sands, stains, paints and frames all the signs while Linda restores and paints all the furniture. “We do paint customer owned pieces as well, so if you have an old piece you love, we are happy to help update the look of it for you,” Joda said. “We will also find you a special item if we don’t have what you’re looking for.” The idea of creating wood signs took root when Joda went through a “very nasty divorce” in 2016. “I was short a few hundred dollars of making ends meet while I was managing a UPS store in Phoenix,” she said. “I decided I needed a hobby that I could make a little bit of extra money doing and focus myself in a healthy way. I taught myself how to make wood signs by breaking apart pallets we had at my UPS store and realized it was a great way to de-stress, not just making a little extra money but therapeutic almost.” Within a few months, Joda said she was making more money selling signs than at her day job. “[A]fter 38 years of wanting to leave Arizona to live somewhere with seasons, I convinced my mom and daughter to pick up our lives and move to Oregon,” she said. Six weeks later, they were Oregon residents. Joda continued to work for UPS for the first few months while still painting signs late in the night after work, often pulling all-nighters to fill orders with her 22-year-old daughter, Brittany Pratton. Not a fan of Oregon’s cold

“Right now we plan to hose two classes a week to start, ranging from six to 15 people,” she said. Joda Washington of Splintered in Stayton.

winters, Pratton has since moved to California in search of warmer weather. “I was then laid off and decided it was time to just focus on growing my little company and give it all I could,” Joda said. “We started with a small vendor space in a few other stores and just didn’t find the right fit for us.” Joda then branched out into selling on Etsy and Amazon Handmade within a few months, and needing a company name, took her daughter’s suggestion to use Splintered. “Partially because I get so splintered building signs, but mainly because I myself was splintered and put myself back together by building this little company,” she said. Joda said when she found what they called “the little store in Stayton,” she knew immediately she wanted it. “The sense of community here is something I have never experienced, and I’m honored to be so welcomed into it,” she said. “For the last six months, we had a smaller location on Ida Street and did well there. When this new opportunity became available on Third Avenue, it gave us the

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Something to Celebrate

Future Firsts

Rotary honors SHS, Regis teens for ‘service above self’

By Mary Owen

Andrew Tabor is the son of Stephen and Bonnie Tabor. He has four older siblings – Callie, Rebecca, Sarah and Aidan – and loves to spend time with his family. In his free time, he likes to experience the outdoors by going on hikes and playing soccer.

Stayton Area Rotary Club has named Noah Oliver, Stayton High School, and Andrew Tabor, Regis High School, as recipients of the 2018 Future First Citizens award. “Noah and Andrew, through their actions and values, have exemplified the values and goals of Rotary – fellowship, high ethical standards and ‘service above self,’” said Karen Andall, Rotary spokesperson. “In the case of each of these young people, we acknowledge their commitment to their families, schools and greater community. Congratulations Andrew and Noah!” Both were honored Feb. 28 at the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet. Noah Oliver said that receiving this award means a lot to him in part because of his mother, Alisha Oliver. “When my mother was a senior at SHS in 1995, she received the Female Student of the Year, which she said is similar to what this award is today,” Oliver said. “I owe a lot of my attitude about school and service to her. She has been there to help shape me into who I am, along with my father who constantly gives back to the community through public service, including volunteering, volunteer firefighting, and working as an EMT on the weekends.” Oliver has lived in Lyons for most of his life with his parents, Kelly and Alisha, an older brother, Blake, a younger sister, Megan, and the family dog. He spends most of his free time with friends, playing video games and making memories. “I’m very involved in my school activities and supporting programs at the school,” he said. “I prefer to be out with friends getting sushi, going to the theater, or enjoying buffalo wings on the weekends.” Oliver is involved with the SHS choir, with which he was fortunate enough to have traveled to London three years ago. He was cast as Judas in the SHS drama department’s production of Godspell, which ends March 2. He is also student body president, working to bring a positive environment to SHS, and is the vice president of the

Stayton High’s Noah Oliver and Regis High’s Andrew Tabor are 2018’s Future First Citizens.

National Honor Society. He occasionally tutors peers and has begun to get involved with the new Santiam Teen Center. “A few teachers have helped me significantly find my way to what I want to do next,” Oliver said. “Every teacher I have asked questions seems genuinely interested in what I want to do and push me toward being the best that I can be. “The amount of support from these teachers has been tremendous,” he added. “I have been able to take classes that give me a sense of what I want to do after high school, and have had the opportunities.” Oliver was accepted to Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and earned the Presidential Scholarship. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and business. “After that, I intend to either go into teaching, preferably high school math, or go into financial business,” he said. “The goal with that would be to become an actuary in the Portland or Seattle area.” Principal Alan Kirby called Oliver “a positive, active leader who sets a great tone for our whole school.” “I’ve enjoyed interacting and working through ideas with him,” Kirby said. “He is thoughtful and able to see the big picture, and I know he will be successful as he moves on to new challenges.”

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“My high school experience primarily revolves around ASB and soccer,” Tabor said. “The first three years at Regis, I served as a class representative for the Associated Student Body, and this year I have had the honor of serving as ASB president. Additionally, this last summer I volunteered at the North Santiam Theatre Camp, and it inspired me to go out for the musical this year.” Tabor said his time at Regis has prepared him for a life that strongly features a sense of community. “The close-knit environment has helped me to develop strong relationships,” he said. “I look forward to building up communities wherever I go.” Tabor has not solidified his college plans yet, but plans to attend either the University of Portland or Regis University. “I am interested in majoring in finance, but I will go in undeclared to allow myself to have a broader college experience,” Tabor said, adding, “It’s always an honor to receive an award, but being recognized as Future First Citizen is special to me because it is validation for all the unseen work that is required when serving the community. “Furthermore, this award will always be a reminder of the community that raised me and of my responsibility to give back and build upon what was provided to me.” “From the beginning of his tenure as a Regis St. Mary student to the end, Andrew has been the exemplar every single year,” said Rich Schindler, principal. “He is a consummate academician and a leader by example. Andrew is our student body president and a young man of faith. He is a great representative of our school and Regis St. Mary is proud to be able to call him our own. It is no surprise to any of us that he has been chosen for this award.”

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Sports & Recreation

Double champions

Stayton hoopsters on historic run

The Stayton High basketball program will have a pair of banners to hang in the gym. Both teams claimed Oregon West Conference titles and are one win away from the Class 4A state tournament. This is the first time since 2006, said Darren Shryock, athletic director and girls coach, that both teams have claimed league titles. “Having both teams cut down the nets last night was pretty special,” Shryock told Our Town after home wins by both squads Feb. 19 vs. arch-rival Cascade. The boys, who finished 12-0 in league play, are 19-3 overall, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A and host McLoughlin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1. A win moves the Eagles to the quarterfinals in Forest Grove. The girls were 11-1 in league play, tied with Philomath. Stayton is 19-4 overall and ranked 7th. The Eagles host Junction City at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, with a 4A quarterfinal bid awaiting the winner. Boys Basketball: “I think we went into league play feeling confident about the possibility of going undefeated,” said fifth-year coach Joseph Kiser. “Of course nothing is guaranteed in this game and our league is top to bottom the toughest in the state, but the boys did a good job of staying focused each night.” The team is extremely well-balanced, with 6-8 Kaleb Anundi and 6-7 Riley Nichol roaming the paint and 6-1 sharpshooter Jordan Butler nailing 3-pointers from his favorite spot in the left corner. Kiser, SHS Boys Basketball coach though, was Joseph Kiser quick to praise the other two starters, point guard Logan Classen and wing Micah Jenkins for their contributions. Classen is the lone junior in the starting five and Kiser noted that “one of the biggest factors that kept us successful was our senior leadership. Those boys run the locker room and keep everyone level headed.” The Eagles, who haven’t lost since a

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“At this point in the year, we hope to fine tune what we do offensively,” Shryock said. “We will put in a few new things, but really, this team is about getting down and defending in the half-court setting. We won’t do anything strange there; we will just hope to maintain the level we are currently.” Dec. 29 game against Valley Catholic in Stayton’s SCTC Holiday Tournament, had nine days off between the Cascade contest and the McLoughlin game. That’s not a bad thing, Kiser said. “The layoff will be good for us,” he said. “Give us a chance to get healthy, and I think the time off will just make us hungrier. We stay focused on things we can control. I expect great effort and great leadership during the playoff run. These boys have proved they can provide those two things thus far so I wouldn’t expect anything less.” Girls Basketball: The Eagles finished sixth at state last year in their second year under Shyrock, who led a pair of Silverton boys squads to third place in SHS Girls Basketball coach Class 5A. Darren Shryock

Stayton opened the Oregon West season with a 10-point loss at Philomath, but then ran the table, including a 10-point home win vs. Philomath. “I knew it would be tough, but I also knew we had a chance,” Shryock said of the squad’s title hopes. “Our depth was a major concern, but the girls have really competed well the whole season.” And have defended, defended and then defended some more. “I keep saying the same thing, but these girls defend, and that has made us successful,” Shryock said. “We currently give up 29 points a game, which is remarkable. Some of that is style of play, but much of it is these kids can defend.” Offensively the go-to players have been post Marri Martinez and wing KJ Nyquist. But Shryock said the title run got a big boost from increased offensive production from senior point guard Alli Nyquist.

Santiam Basketball: Santiam, meanwhile, advanced its boys squad to Pendleton for the Class 2A tournament, while the girls fell one game short in the round of 16. The boys Wolverines coach JD Hill, who won a state title two years ago, downed the Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter Academy cooperative team 52-30 in Mill City on Feb. 22 to advance to the 2A quarterfinals. Santiam took the No. 6 seed into its game vs. No. 3 Toledo that was played after presstime. Santiam was 11-5 in Tri-River play, good for third place, but the Wolverines took out second-place Kennedy on the road to claim the second automatic playoff berth from the league. The girls squad, which was seeded 11th, was eliminated from the 2A playoffs by host Heppner, 59-48, in a game played Feb. 23. The Wolverines, coached by David Plotts, were 8-6 in the Tri-River and qualified for one of the at-large berths. Wrestling: Cascade High produced two champions and two runners-up in the OSAA Class 4A wrestling championships held Feb. 22-23 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Cougars scored 105.5 points and finished fifth in the team competition. Claiming titles for Cascade were freshman Mauro Michel at 106 pounds and sophomore 145-pounder Noah Thompson. Michel, the top seed in the weight class, recorded three pins on the way to the title, including a fall against his Junction City opponent in the title match. Thompson, seeded 6th, took down top seed Robbie Yunke of Sweet Home 13-2 in the title match. Finishing second for Cascade were junior Kane Nixon at 138 and senior Macoy Christman at 195. Nixon, the top seed, recorded three falls before falling 12-11 in the final to second-seeded Giovanni Bravo of Woodburn. Christman also pinned three opponents before losing to Christopher Woodworth of La Grande 5-2 in the title match. Also winning matches for the Cougars

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was Joseph Baxter (138). Ben Roth (145), Matthew Clark (220) and Ben Fouts (285) also participated. Stayton was 21st in the 4A team competition with 20 points. Johnny Sylva was 4-2 at 182 pounds and lost in the match for fifth place. Also winning matches were Elijah Howard (120) and Tanner Goodman (132). Clay Dickerson (170) also participated. Santiam, meanwhile, scored 22 points and finished 14th in the Class 2A-1A competition. The Wolverines sent two wrestlers to state, with both finishing in the top four. Junior Brody Davidson, the top seed at 152 pounds, was upset 4-2 in the semifinals by Brody Ballard of Monroe/ Triangle Lake, but Davidson rallied to take his next two matches and finished third with a fall at 1:52 against Isaiah Toomey of Culver. Santiam 106-pound junior Tyson Patton advanced to the semifinals by upsetting No. 4 seed Tanner Seidel of Glendale, 17-4. Patton lost in the semifinals and then was defeated by Brody Piercy of Culver in the match for third place. Signings: Stayton High football standout Sean Bodi will be playing college football at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The 6-1, 172-pound senior was first-team all-Oregon West Conference and secondteam all-state in Class 4A as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. Bodi is expected to play wide receiver at Western. He caught 51 passes for 866 yards and 7 touchdowns this past season while adding a pair of 2-point conversions. On defense he had 52 tackles and four interceptions. Cheerleading: Cascade and Stayton both competed in the OSAA championships Feb. 16 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The event was delayed a week by weather issues. Cascade finished seventh with 126.70 points, while Stayton was 10th with 101.10. The Oregon West Conference fielded 5 of the top 10 teams, with Newport and Sweet Home finishing one-two. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at jamesday590@gmail.com.

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A Grin at the End

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At the risk of losing what we mean to say

Maybe it’s just me, but the English language seems to be fading into a mash-up of emojis, slang, jargon and gibberish.

example, I saw the phrase “weather event” the other day. Good God. What, precisely, is a weather event? Is it rain, or snow? Is it a hurricane, tornado or lightning storm? Just saying weather event is virtually meaningless. It’s like saying, “We had weather yesterday.”

It breaks my heart when I read some “writing.” It’s nonsensical, pointless, lacking in organization and inexact. Most writers appear to have been absent that day in second grade when the teacher defined a sentence as a complete thought. They appear to be unable to assemble a complete thought – or any other thought, for that matter.

Another similarly vague word is “vehicle.” It is common for people to say, “The two vehicles collided.” That says next to nothing. Was one a Mack truck and the other a Yugo? Was one parked and the other going 100 mph? How can a person’s command of the language be so feeble as to say almost nothing?

Ph.D.s or politicians. Their thoughts would drift from one subject to another, and they would say as little as possible.

Grammar, sentence structure, word choice – they have all been dumped into a huge Shake ‘n’ Bake bag and turned into nonsense. Interestingly enough, the level of education appears to have little to do with it. Some years ago, I was the editor of a daily newspaper. The letters I received ranged from poignant, fascinating and heartfelt all the way to unintelligible. The good letters were from folks who I knew worked for a living. They were linemen for the electric utility, retirees, professional hunters – he always delivered his letters with a venison roast – or other down-to-earth occupations.

My favorite letters went directly to the point. I remember one addressed to me that began, “Dear Scum of the Earth.” That got my attention. The letter writer pointed out that I was on the wrong side of the debate over capital punishment, an important topic that deserved to be discussed. I should point out that the rest of the letter was clearly written, well-reasoned and made the point that capital punishment should be banned. And he may have even been right about me being the scum of the earth.

The poorly written letters generally came from lawyers,

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