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Tell them a story... By Mary Owen Stayton Public Library is giving preschoolers a head start on their literacy skills. The Outreach Storyteller Program, funded by the Stayton Public Library Foundation, serves nearly 500 children, up to age 6, who attend local daycare, preschools, kindergartens, Head Start, and one affordable-housing complex – 27 classrooms in all, throughout Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville. “I visit classrooms one to two times a month for half-hour visits, where I talk to the children about the library, read books, and use finger plays, songs, music, dance, puppets and other activities to engage them in books and stories,” said Lisa Krigbaum, the library’s new outreach storyteller. “The program aims to share ideas and possibilities with pre-readers and to kindle a desire in these children to explore their community library and discover the world of reading.” Krigbaum brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked with children and families in a variety of settings, most recently teaching nutrition education programs at Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health in Coos County. She also brings a love of children’s literature and passion to serve at-risk children to the job.

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In addition to providing early literacy programming and intervention to pre-school-age children, the Outreach Storyteller Program’s goal is to increase North Santiam School District performance in reading for students in grades 3-5, with an aim to achieve 100 percent literacy in the community, said Brenda Moore, SPL development director. “The district has experienced a decline in district performance in reading for students in grades 3-5,” Moore said in a grant application. “In 2013-14, 25.8 percent of students in these grades did not meet district performance standards in reading. We are turning this tide with the Outreach Storyteller Program. Building literacy skills in children, especially at the preschool age, is vital to their future. Statistics show that literacy skills can help provide a better future for children. It is linked to high socioeconomic status, better health and better overall quality of life. “Children from professional families have heard 30 million more words by the time they are 3 years old than those from families in poverty,” she added. “This is important because vocabulary development during these preschool years is related to later reading skills and overall school success. It’s critical that we bridge that gap. By taking the library to preschool classrooms, we go outside the library walls.”

In addition to classroom visits, the program also provides 10-15 books for teachers to use in their classrooms each month, and donates up to four books a year for each child to keep. In the fall of last year, a partnership with St. Vincent de Paul began with the aim to reach children not currently enrolled in pre-school, as well as school-age children who may not have the opportunity to attend regular library programs, by bringing library service to them, Krigbaum said. “We meet in an affordable family housing community managed by St. Vincent de Paul every Wednesday and focus on early literacy, reading readiness skills, and helping children discover the world of reading,” she said. Krigbaum said children whose parents and caregivers read aloud to them every day become better readers and perform better in school. “Early literacy skills begin developing in the first five years of life, and success at first grade depends on how much they have learned about reading before entering school,” library officials agree. For information on Outreach Storyteller or library programs, call the Stayton Public Library at 503-7699658.

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School. Today, the couple has three grandchildren, two having graduated from Stayton High School and the third, a fourth-grader at Stayton Middle School. When the family arrived in January of 1971, Zolkoske said, “It was raining and cold. Four months later, it was still raining and cold. “I had not made any friends, and the children and I rarely left the house,” she added. “This is not what I had hoped for.” Spotting an ad in the weekly newspaper that the Friends of the Library was looking for new members, Zolkoske attended a meeting, met several “nice ladies who welcomed me,” and joined. “This was a determined group of women who were going to make a difference,” she said. “The Stayton Women’s Club had just given the library and the building to the city. City council meetings were held to decide whether the library should be closed. Everyone had an opinion. Not only did the FOL want the city to take it over, they also wanted the city to pay for

it. The compromise was the city would pay to keep the library open a couple of days a week and the FOL volunteers would keep it open a couple of days a week. I became one of those volunteers. This changed my life.” Within a few years, FOL started Story Time and the Summer Reading Program, two activities Zolkoske enjoyed helping with. Over time, the library added programs for people of all ages and paid staff, many of whom still rely on volunteers to keep it running smoothly, she said. “Today the library has become one of the biggest success stories around,” said Zolkoske, who also helps with the FOL Bookstore and its twice-a-year book sale to raise funds for library programs. In 1979, Zolkoske bought an arts-andcrafts store on Third Avenue and ran it for a decade. “I met wonderful people, and many shared the stories of their lives,” she said. “Many of these families came in wagon trains,

some in the Great Depression, and many talked about the war years. All were fascinating to me. It occurred to me that all of us have a story to tell, and that our story is one of the things that makes us different from anyone else. I believe that hearing these stories made a difference in my life, and it has been why my volunteer work has taken the path it has.” In 2000, Zolkoske became a founding member of the Santiam Heritage Foundation, the group that is restoring the Charles and Martha Brown House in Stayton. “For me this has been a journey of a lifetime,” Zolkoske said. “We have met so many encouraging people who are happy that we are restoring the house. Many have a connection because of a birth or death when it was the Stayton Hospital. Others had family members who lived there. Many are just happy to see the Victorian beauty being restored.” Events are already being held in the historic house, which is closer to having

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“St. Boniface was founded in Sublimity around the 1880s,” she said. “Not only does the church have a rich Catholic history, but its members’ roots run deep. Until the archives was started, all of this history was being lost.” Volunteers collect family history, photographs, school history, and any other information important to Stayton, Sublimity and surrounding area. “People from all over contact us about family history,” Zolkoske said. “Sometimes they stop and we have wonderful visits. We have a website that has a great deal of information about the past and hundreds of photos. Volunteering has been an important part of my life. I was fortunate and learned early that my passion was history and learning about people.”

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building a new road map to economic prosperity in our region. “It will be a conversation that celebrates our history while turning our eye toward new and innovative ways of revitalizing our local economies while preserving what is special about the places we call home.” U.S. Forest Service Detroit District Ranger Grady McMahan said despite “incredible, exciting work” occurring individually in communities, coordinating efforts is needed.

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of Oregon has joined with several states to change our student outcomes in our K-12 system,” Gardner said. “Like most reforms, this occurs over time and in various ways. Some are initiated by our own state legislature, while other changes have been initiated at the national level.” Gardner cited as an example a vote by to Oregon Legislature to fund full-day kindergarten in 2011, a change that was implemented in the fall of 2015. Another example of reform is the addition of over 70 hours of dual-credit classes at Stayton High School, he added. “These classes are designed to increase the number of successful college-going students graduating from Oregon high schools,” Gardner said. “These reforms have advantages for our local students that are easily understood. We know that full-day kindergarten has a positive impact on third-grade literacy. More school before third grade should equal more learning, after all. It’s also a




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and globally. Because we do not directly experience what education looks like in other states, we in Oregon do not always realize that we can improve, or that other states expect more from their young people. “Likewise, because we are not familiar with what a student is expected to learn each day in Singapore or Sweden, we do not understand what our children and businesses need to compete for the next 50 years in the global economy,” he added. “We must improve the quality of our education, to move students further at each grade and eliminate the gap between our high school diploma and the first year of college.”

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New location By Mary Owen Cascade Country Quilters has a new home – the Santiam Senior Center. “As our members have dwindled over the years, we hope to attract more members by meeting there,” said Linda Woodall, a Stayton quilter who has been with the group since her friend Rose Pruitt started it in 1990.

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The group has had different meeting places, including most recently stitching quilts at the Aumsville Community Center. They make between 70 and 90 quilts a year which are donated to Santiam Hospital, veterans’ hospitals, Liberty House, Union Gospel Mission, and police/fire departments, among other places.

“We teach and learn from each other,” Woodall said. Her favorite activity is to appliqué blocks for quilts, saying, “I like the challenge – and the camaraderie.” Like Woodall, Lorraine Geraci loves meeting with her fellow quilters. “We’re not very big,” she said. “But we have fun!” Cascade Country Quilters meets every Friday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the senior

center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. Down to only four full-time and two part-time members (snow birds), the group hopes to attract quilters to their meetings at the center, Woodall said. “Everyone is welcome,” she said. “There are no dues. Just come and join in.” For more information, contact Woodall at 503-769-9670.

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Weekly Events

Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Monday. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Wednesday. women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. 6 p.m. Sunday. Aumsville Community Center, 555 Main St. 502-399-0599 Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m. Monday. First Christian Church, 233 SW Third, Mill City. 503-859-3426 St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon Tuesday. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. 503-769-5381 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 Stayton Lions Club, Noon Tuesday. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062 Santiam Referral Group, Noon Tuesday. Marion Estates Sloper Building, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. Cascade Country Quilters, 1 - 3 p.m. Tuesday. Aumsville Community Center. Everyone welcome. Tai Chi for Seniors, 10 a.m. Wednesday/ Friday. Santiam Senior Center. Members free; $5 nonmembers. Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon Wednesday. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St. 503-769-6459 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Bingo, 1 p.m. Thursday. Santiam Senior Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout; 2 p.m. Thursday. Lakeside Assisted Living, 2201 Third Ave., Stayton. $.05/game. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861

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All adults age 50 and older are invited to join Santiam Senior Center. The center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton, is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Activities include pinochle, Mah Mong, bridge, computer classes, dances, potlucks and more. Annual membership is $15. 503-767-2009,

Noon, Stayton High. Senior players, seventh/eighth grade, noon - 1:30 p.m. Junior players, fifth/sixth grade, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Midget players, third/ fourth grade, 3 - 5 p.m. Bring glove, bat, helmet. Registration information: 503769-8771,,

Funny Money Auditions

Applications available at Santiam Hospital, 1401 N. 10th Ave., Stayton; Applicants must reside in the Santiam Hospital service area. Deadline: April 23. Linda, 503-394-2180

3 - 5 p.m., The Grove, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open auditions for Aumsville Community Theatre’s Funny Money. Cast includes six males and two females, ages late 20s to early 40s. No experience needed.

SCTC Scholarship

Monday, March 2

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

High school seniors from households with service through SCTC, PTC or SCS can apply thru April 1. Applications: sctcweb. com. Send to or SCTC, Attn: Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 477, Stayton, 97383. Marilyn, 503-7698453

Stayton Sprint Triathlon

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8 - 10 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. A GROW-EDC class. Allison, 503-871-5188

Senior Hearing Tests

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Free hearing aid cleaning, hearing tests. Appointments needed. 503-767-2009

Wednesday, March 4 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Public Library Foundation. Sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Cards by Kathy

10:30 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. Make card, gift boxes. Supply fee $3 for one class; $5.50 for two. Repeats March 18. 503-767-2009

Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant, 325 SE High St., Salem. For reservations, call hostess Alice Halse, 503-399-7466. New members welcome.

Teen Lounge

3 – 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Gamers Unite with Wii, board, card games. Do homework, socialize Grades 6 - 12. Free. March 11 with Amime+; March 18 with Teen Cinema; March 24 with Tabletop Competition. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Register for May 16 Stayton Sprint Triathlon. Events: 500 meter pool swim, 22 kilometer bike course, 5 kilometer run. Cost: $45/individuals, $30/person for teams of three, $35/person for teams of two. Deadline: May 10. Register at

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for youth beginning to read chapter books. This month’s selection is Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech. Sign-ups recommended. 503-769-3313

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Tulip Sale

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Santiam Hospital Auxiliary holds annual Easter tulip sale 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. April 1- 2 at Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton; Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City; Mehama True Value Hardware, 11267 Grove St. $5 for bunch of 10 while supplies last. To preorder, call Char Bartosz, 503-749-2910, or Susan Schwarz, 5038593662.

Book Bobs Reading Club

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. Agenda available. 503-7693425

Sunday, March 1 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $6 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Tuesday, March 3 Dr. Seuss Celebration

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Dr. Seuss with “Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat.” Wear craziest hat, enjoy guest speakers and Dr. Seuss treat. 503-769-3313

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 19.

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

Thursday, March 5 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks served at 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook, more. Age 0-5. Free. Repeats March 19. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Friday, March 6 Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, March 7 St. Mary Fun Run

9 a.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. 5K, 3K runs. $25 adults, $15 children 16 and under. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s. Pre-register at

Victorian Fashion Show, Tea

2 p.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Kathleen Confer presents collection of Victorian undergarments. Period costume fashion show. Refreshments served. Tickets, $15, benefit Brown House restoration. Santiam Heritage Foundation, 503-769-8860

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1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Ellen Egan of Egan Gardens. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-5085913

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Monday, March 9

Red Cross Blood Drive

Lyons Garden Club

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. All welcome. Agenda available.

Aumsville City Council

Friends of Stayton Pool

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

Lyons Library Board

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

6:30 p.m., Lakeside Assisted Living, 2201 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public.

VFW & Ladies Auxiliary

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 24. Leroy and Agnes Grover, 503-769-3226

Stayton-Sublimity Chamber Greeters

Oregon Author Series

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

South Pacific

8 a.m., Columbia Bank, 1800 Wilco Road, Stayton. Sponsored by Stayton/ Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Stayton Library Board

Lyons City Council

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

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

Friday, March 27

Aumsville Planning Commission

1 p.m., Regis High.

Regis vs Warrenton Baseball

6:30 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. All welcome. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Saturday, March 28

SHS Booster Club

Friday, March 13

7 p.m., Stayton High School. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

10 a.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Hunt for eggs filled with candy, prizes. Get photo with Easter Bunny for $.50. Rain or shine. 503-769-3499

Game On!

6:30 - 9 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Internet, Wii, board, card games. All trading card games welcome. Grades 6 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, March 14 Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

Children under 6 are free.

Young Professionals Meet-Up

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

Lego Club

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

China Trip Information Meeting

3 p.m., Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton. Information for anyone wanting to go on Oct. 10 - 19 trip to China. 503-769-3464

Monday, March 16 Spirit Mountain Casino Trip

Thursday, March 19

9:45 a.m., Roth’s, 1770 SE Shaff Road, Stayton. Bus returns 6 p.m. Sponsored by Santiam Senior Center. Members free. 503-767-2009

NSSD Board

7 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Main St., Lyons. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

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7 p.m., Stayton High. Students perform the musical South Pacific. Tickets, available at door, $8 adults, $5 students. Repeats 7 p.m. March 13 - 14. 503-769-2171

Stayton MOPS

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Moms of Preschoolers meet for breakfast, speakers, crafts and more. Registration forms at Ages birth through kindergarten. staytonmops@

7 - 10 a.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Pancakes, eggs, ham, biscuits & gravy. $5.50 per person.

Thursday, March 12

8 a.m., Tari Bradley Fitness Studio, 1174 N First Ave., Ste. F, Stayton. Sponsored by Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

Stayton-Sublimity Chamber Greeters

to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425

Pancake Breakfast

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

4:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Fourth annual Friends of the Stayton Pool spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Presale tickets are $8 adults, $4 children 6 - 12, and are available from Friends members, Stayton Pool, United Methodist Church. Tickets at door are $9 adults, $5 children 6 - 12.

Wednesday, March 11

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open

Saturday, March 21

Wednesday, March 18

North Santiam Watershed Council

Santiam Historical Society

Stayton City Council

10 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Moms Offering Moms Support with weekly activities. Kids welcome. Refreshments served. Jill, 503395-7033, santiamcanyonmomsclub@

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-569-1392,

Commissioner’s Breakfast

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

Stayton vs Silverton Girls Tennis

Santiam Canyon MOMS Club

Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 10

Mill City Council

4 p.m., Stayton High.

Friday, March 20

Tuesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

7 pm., Stayton Public Library. Oregon author Larry Colton speaks. Wine, cheese reception. Free. 503-769-3313

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

Stayton vs Central Baseball

4 p.m., Stayton High.

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Sublimity City Council

Noon - 5 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Walk-ins welcome. For appointments, information, call Wilma Shelton at 503-769-5290.

Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, March 30 Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children reading longer chapter books. This month’s selection, “Fortunately the Milk” by Neil Gaiman. Sign-ups not required, but recommended. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton Planning Commission

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

Tuesday, March 31 Senior Legal Help

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Trusts, wills, powers of attorneys, advance directives, more. Free. Appointment: 503-767-2009

Regis vs Vernonia Softball 4:30 p.m., Regis High.

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Sports & Recreation

State honor for Cascade’s Petersen involved in his programs (student athletes and coaches) are successful.”

Veteran Cascade High School cross country and track and field coach Dan

Petersen has been honored by National Federation of State High School Associations.

Hermansen also noted Petersen’s broader influence. “The respect for Dan extends beyond Cascade,” she said. “Track coaches across the state at the high school and college level respect Dan for his knowledge and experience.”

Petersen earned the state girls track and field honor and will be recognized May 23 at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association’s annual awards banquet. Petersen, who was a three-sport athlete at Salem Academy, has won 18 conference titles, 12 state trophies and three state championships in a coaching career at Cascade that started in 1997. “I’ve been blessed with outstanding athletes and coaches to work with my whole career,” Petersen told Our Town, reserving special praise for the late Darrel Deedon, whom Petersen said deserves the credit for establishing the track program at Cascade. “Honestly, winning is great, but it’s

the day-to-day interactions that make coaching a lot of fun.” “Dan is a leader with a gentle soul,” Cascade athletic director Heidi Hermansen told Our Town. “He cares about each individual in his programs whether they have Olympic potential or have never participated in an organized sport. “Dan sets high expectations and builds a system of support so that everyone

Boys hoops: It’s been quite a turnaround this season at Stayton. The Eagles were 1-9 in the Oregon West Conference and 5-18 overall last season. This year, under first-year coach Joe Kiser, Stayton is 6-3 in league play and tied for second with Cascade heading into the season finale. The Eagles already have qualified for a Class 4A play-in game. Stayton, which had its growing pains in the nonleague season when the Eagles were 4-8, has been doing it with

defense in conference play, holding Newport to 39 points, Yamhill-Carllton to 40 and North Marion to 37 as they opened Oregon West play with three consecutive victories. “I am happy with the progress this group of kids have made this season,” said Wiser, a 2002 Stayton grad who coached Regis the past four years. “We are a young group with no seniors so that is a positive for the future.” Playing key roles for the Eagles, Kiser said, are Kyle Schwarm (scoring and rebounding), point guard Matt Lindemann and ace defender Everett St. Clair. Regis, meanwhile, captured the TriRiver Conference with a 13-1 record and is ranked fifth by the OSAA in Class 2A heading into its 6 p.m. Feb. 27 home showdown with Bandon in the playoffs. A Rams win would

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Basketball teams vie for state tourney spots put them into next week’s Class 2A tournament in Pendleton. Girls hoops: Cascade is one win away from a perfect Oregon West season. The Cougars took a 9-0 league mark and a 21-1 overall record into Feb. 24 league finale against North Marion. Cascade is ranked No. 3 by the OSAA and will host a playoff game March 7. A win there puts the Cougars in the state tournament in Hillsboro. Regis, meanwhile, took third in the tough Tri-River (Western Mennonite and Kennedy are ranked first and second in the state, respectively) and is ranked eighth by the OSAA heading into a 6 p.m. Feb. 28 Class 2A playoff game at Pilot Rock. The Rams need a win there to have a shot at going for a sixth consecutive title in the Class 2A tournament. Wrestling: Cascade advanced seven wrestlers out of the Special District 2 regional tournament Feb. 13-14. Three Cougars athletes won district titles, Logan Humphrey at 120 pounds, Spencer Crawford (182) and Malachi Gonzalez (220). And as a sign of the depth of the Cascade program, Crawford and Gonzalez battled teammates in the finals. Crawford downed Hayes VanDeHey and Gonzalez defeated Jeff Schaefer. Also finishing second was Kade VanDeHey at 132. Also going to this weekend’s state tournament in Portland is Jared Riesterer, who took fourth at 132. A slew of other Cougars scored points. Asa Alexander was fifth at 138, Cole Cade was fifth at 145, Jacob Forcier was fifth at 195, Seth Everetts was fifth at 285, Dillon Blythe was sixth at 126, Austin Brill was sixth at 138, Ronald Benton-Hayes was sixth at 152 and Gabriel Pointer was sixth at 195.

“As a team we competed very well,” Cascade coach Jason Lovell told Our Town. “All the guys wrestled hard and almost all of them won at least one match. Our region is very tough, and we were proud of the wrestlers. We had six wrestlers in the finals with three being regional champions. “We have been working very hard in practice and the guys are hungry. Our 4A classification is very tough and in my opinion the toughest in the state. A big reason we do well at regionals and state is having hard-working wrestlers in the room. Workout partners are essential in getting tough. So, it was more of a team effort then just the wrestlers that competed at regionals.” Cascade scored 311 points and finished second behind Sweet Home (359) in the team competition. Stayton took eighth with 111.5 points and will be sending three athletes to this weekend’s state tournament in Portland. Timothy Coblentz of the Eagles won the title at 106 pounds, while Cooper Goguen took fourth at 145 and Cleveland Smith was fourth at 160. In addition Trey Summers was fifth at 182, Ryan Ninman was sixth at 106 and Levi Summers was sixth at 160. Future First Citizens: Stayton basketball player Madison Shryock and Regis multisport athlete Andrew Kelley were honored as future first citizens Feb. 19 at the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce awards celebration at the Foothills Church in Stayton. The awards, which include academic and community service components, are sponsored by the Stayton Rotary Club. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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During the past year, I’ve undertaken a study in alternative economics. I call it “The Use of Voluntary Taxation as a Means of Funding Higher Education.” In short, I bought lottery tickets in hopes of getting money to pay for my kids’ college education. The result: It didn’t work. Not only that but I found that the lottery is probably the worst “investment” anyone could make. In terms of return, it is right up there with setting dollar bills on fire or throwing them out the window as you drive down Highway 22. Here’s how I structured the experiment. Approximately every week, I went into the convenience store near where I work and I asked the clerk to sell me the winning ticket to either the Power Ball or Mega Millions lottery game. Every week, she would roll her eyes and tell me, “That’s what everybody says when they buy tickets.” Undeterred, I would wait until the day after the drawing, check the ticket and then throw it away. During the course of the year, I spent $62 on tickets and won a grand total of $4. That means I was out $58. I’d have been better off buying beer with that money. I’d have at least gotten something in return.


I’m not against lotteries. I’ve always considered them to be voluntary taxes. I don’t have to buy a ticket and give the state government money – I choose to. So do thousands of other Oregonians. I know that government will do a better job of spending that money than I would (cough-cough). At least the Oregon state government doesn’t buy lottery tickets with its revenue. The Oregon Lottery always has signs in the stores saying that its games are “not an investment” and are for “entertainment purposes only.” I agree with the first statement. Anyone, including me, would have to be an idiot to think playing the lottery would result in anything other than a hole in my wallet. As a form of entertainment, if losing your hard-earned money gives you a thrill, have fun. My wife and I have four kids. Two are out of college – thank goodness – and are on their own. One is a sophomore in college and one will start in the fall. My wife is also in graduate school. I probably know as much about the business end of colleges as anyone. I find some college business offices to be extraordinarily helpful, even suggesting ways to get more financial aid. Others have all the charm of drill

sergeants. They seem to enjoy the fact that parents are laying out the price of a new car every year to keep them in a job. Note to college administrators: If you want to cut the budget, start with the smug and unhelpful dead wood in your business offices. I believe in education. I believe there are enough ignoramuses in the world without me adding four more to the mix. Every day as I read the newspaper or listen to the news I am reminded of how little reporters and their editors know. I am reminded that political leaders continue to make the same mistakes year after year – and century after century. I am reminded that most people don’t know anything about science, history, logic, math, theology or English. It makes me worry about the direction civilization is headed. That’s why I believe in higher education. It’s a way to invest in my kids, and invest in the future. I am just smart enough to know not to try to pay for it through the lottery. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor.

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