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The city of Stayton needs another $25,000 to meet a challenge grant from the Ford Family Foundation. “If we complete our fundraising of $100,000, the Ford Family Foundation will match us an additional $100,000,” said Kelli Stevens, permit clerk with the city.
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With funding secured, the city can move forward on new restrooms and a pavilion for Pioneer Park, Stevens said. According to Stevens, city staff completed the “redline” review and comments on the Pioneer Park plans and specs, and the park renovation is still on schedule. “We are reaching out to everyone in the community and asking for their involvement and support,” she said. For information, call 503-769-2919.
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Kaitlin Sandall, 12, makes Promise of Oregon video “A lot of people I know assume I can’t eat sugar or that I got diabetes because I ate too much sugar in the first place,” she said. “I can eat anything I want as long as I take insulin when I eat. I wear an insulin pump that is connected to my body, and I carry around a blood glucose meter.
By Mary Owen Recently diagnosed with diabetes, a Sublimity Middle School seventh-grader talks about educating others on the disease in a short video, Hope for the Future, that debuted this month as part of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign.
“I would love to be able to talk with newly diagnosed kids while they are in the hospital,” she added. “My mom and I are brainstorming ways we can volunteer or offer to help.”
“Education means a lot to me, because it just helps me think ‘I can do this, I’m not going to fail, I’ve got this!’” said Kaitlin Sandall, a 12-year-old who lives with her parents Allison and Josh, 9-year-old brother Jacob, and the family’s three dogs, including her own pup, Boo.
Sharing about diabetes on her video makes her feel grateful, Kaitlin said.
Kaitlin wants to be a diabetes educator or dietitian when she grows up.
“Some people at school have said that they liked it,” she said. “My family was excited to see it and called to say they are proud of me.”
“When I was diagnosed, I met both these people while I was at the hospital,” she said. They taught me so much and helped me be ready to go home and handle diabetes. I want to be able to do that for other kids.” Diabetes is so normal to Kaitlin now, she said, she doesn’t even remember what it was like not to have the disease. “I don’t ever get a break from it, but it is just pretty much a part of my day to test my blood sugar, figure out my carbs, dose my insulin, and adjust things when my blood sugar is high or low,” she said. “Sometimes it’s frustrating
The Promise of Oregon campaign aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state’s 20-49-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates, said Mary Richards with the North Santiam School District.
when I have to sit out of activities with low blood sugar, or wake up in the middle of the night to test.”
“In the video, Kaitlin describes how for the past year she has faced her diagnosis, and hopes to use her education to move into a career allowing her to help other diabetics or search for a cure for the disease,” Richards said.
Whenever someone is curious, Kaitlin takes the opportunity to share what it’s like living with diabetes.
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“She also shares how she expresses herself through writing and dancing.” Kaitlin affirms her favorite activity is dancing, and is in her third year on the Valley Starlights Dance Team. “I also like to write stories and draw,” she said. Kaitlin wants others living with diabetes to know, “Your life can still be normal even if you aren’t like everyone else. Don’t let it get you down.” General Medicine • Treatment of Chronic Illness such as Diabetes/Hypertension Preventative Care • Sports Medicine • Pediatrics • Geriatrics Womens’ Health Care • FirstLine Therapy™ (Physician Assisted Weight Loss)
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Problem solved By Mary Owen Aumsville’s water is the best tasting in the state, thanks to the city’s new water filtration system installed in January. “Having good quality water has been one of our goals for quite a long period of time,” Mayor Harold White said. “We’ve been working on water quantity, and it’s going well, but we wanted to work on quality.” Public Works Director Steve Oslie credited the system designed by 4B Engineering and installed by Cascade Waterworks for being named as Best Tasting Groundwater and Best Drinking Water Overall in Oregon for 2015 by the Oregon Association of Water Utilities at the 37th annual Technical and Management Conference held in March at the Sunriver Resort. “Had it not been for the filter, there would be no way that we would enter our water in any contest,” said Oslie, who earned Manager of the Year from OAWU.
Aumsville receives award for best tasting water in state removed the tea-colored water caused by hydrogen sulfide reacting with the chlorine. “Comments like ‘my kid will come out from their bath dirtier than they went in’ are hard to respond to,” Oslie said. A few pilot studies were done to see if the nuisance taste and odor problems could be removed. But it wasn’t until the filter system, approved by city council last year, came online that Aumsville’s water improved, Oslie said. “It took a couple of weeks to get it through the entire city,” he said. “Even with our award-winning water, there will still be areas in town that might see some problems.” From the beginning, Oslie said, “I’ve wanted to get people off the bottle.” Today, most Aumsville residents are forgoing buying bottle water and returning to the tap, he added.
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“I shouldn’t, but I do, take negative comments about our water personally, so this has taken a little weight off my shoulders. Water is the one thing you don’t want to have to worry about when you turn the tap on.” Oslie said city staff and city council members are “excited about our great water and awards.” Water from the city of Aumsville will be entered to represent Oregon in the National Best Water Contest at the annual National Rural Water Association’s Rural Water Rally in Washington, D.C., at the end of this year. Aumsville City Administrator Maryann Hills said the Aumsville Public Works Department has worked hard to achieve the best tasting water in Oregon award and had to overcome some challenges to achieve such a success. The award “restores consumer confidence in Aumsville’s water taste and odor that was in jeopardy years ago when we found that we needed to begin chlorination of the city’s well water,” Hills said. Hills said residents weren’t used to having any chlorine residuals in the ground water from the wells.
Hills is already looking forward to Aumsville participating in the national competition. “Wouldn’t it be great if Aumsville, Oregon won the national water contest!” Hills said. “We all know that Oregon is not only gorgeous green, it is a high quality life in enjoying the simple things, including drinking refreshing water. Aumsville is truly a great place to live,” she added. Hills commended Oslie and his crew for their hard work. “Steve deserves the Manager of the Year award for his can-do attitude, perseverance and diligence to the many public service responsibilities he carries,” Hills said. Hills said Oslie leads his public work team to “wow us,” whether it is their master craftsmanship in building the dream conference table for the city hall that the budget could not afford to buy; or putting the puzzle of the shipped water park features together into a fantastic splash park, that is not only fun-filled for the kids, but a beautification renovation to this neighborhood park.
“And now taking what was in the past referred to by our rate payers as buying bad fruit from a fruit stand to buying the best quality of water in Oregon,” Hills said. Hill credits Oslie for his 25 years as a valued member of the city’s management team. “His sense of humor gets us through the hard days and adds to the joy of our successes,” she said enthusiastically. Oslie said it feels awkward to receive the state award when there are many people who deserve the recognition more than he believes he does. “However, I feel like I can hold my head up a little higher now,” he said. Oslie said he loves coming to work each day, and will probably add a few more years to serving the city of Aumsville. “My wife says my retirement party will be held the same day as my funeral,” he said. “I like working with all the people who take pride in their work, and it shows with great tasting water, groomed parks, and great customer service.”
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Hardage said the goal is to raise $10,000 for the Stayton Library Foundation.
Unlike Alice, young girls from all around the Santiam Canyon don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to enjoy “a very important date” this month.
Hardage hopes the event will encourage dads to have monthly dates with their daughters. He said the ball lets fathers bond with their daughters, setting a good example of what the girls should expect from boys. “Boys should treat them with respect,” he said.
“The Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball provides fathers and daughters an opportunity to strengthen their relationship,” said Josh Hardage, president of the Stayton Library Foundation, host of the third annual event.
Fathers and daughters will be treated to a “secret” activity at this year’s ball, as well as an informative talk on a subject complementary to the theme, Hardage said.
The theme for this year’s event, geared for girls 4-18 and their dads or father figures, is aptly “Wonderland: A Very Important Date.” The dance will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Foothills Church in Stayton. “Every year we do something different,” said Hardage, who has three children, two of them daughters, Jillian, 10, and Sydney, 8. “Last year, we talked to the girls about bullying. They can be the light in someone else’s life instead of bringing them down. And dads can be the light for their daughters, encouraging and uplifting them. They are uniquely made and deserve the best.” Two years ago, Hardage proposed to the SLF board about holding the dance, an idea he got from an annual fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club in Roseburg, Ore.
“Last year’s secret event was a sing-along to Frozen,” he said. “I can’t tell you what this year’s is, but it will be spectacular.” Hardage appreciates the support of the volunteers, the local businesses and community members who all work to make the ball possible. Travis & Lexi Newton at last year’s Father-Daughter Ball. Rustic Pear Photography
“The board thought it was a great idea, and they asked if I would be willing to coordinate it,” said Hardage, who then joined the board, rounded up volunteers, and held the first Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available online at www.staytonlibraryfoundation.org. Bring one canned food item and receive a free father-daughter keepsake. All food will be donated to the Stayton Food Bank. For more information, call 503-769-9656.
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How good a program do you have if you finish first or second in the state for 15 consecutive years? What words can you use? But that’s what we have here folks. The Stayton Highlights dance and drill team took second behind Valley Catholic on March 21 in the Class 4A large division. Valley Catholic totaled 88.53 points, with Stayton finishing with 88.08.
Wrestling: What a weekend the Crawford family had awhile back. On Feb. 28, Cascade senior Spencer Crawford capped a stellar high school career by capturing the Class 4A championship at 182 lbs at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
The next day, Spencer’s older brother Cody, helped lead Oregon State University to a fourth consecutive Pac-12 championship by winning the conference title at 197 lbs. Cody, a redshirt freshman at OSU, then went on to split four matches at the NCAA championships. Crawford finished fifth or better at state all four years, winning the 2014 title at 160, taking second at 152 in 2013 and scoring a fifth-place medal at 126 in 2012, his freshman year. The Cougars also claimed the team title in 2012. Cascade finished sixth at state this season with 89 points. Logan Humphrey (120), Kade VanDeHey (132) and Malachi Gonzalez (220) all finished fourth.
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Stayton Highlights’ record defines a program of excellence Cascade basketball: Both Cougars squads took home trophies in the Class 4A tournament, which was moved this year to Hillsboro. The girls finished third, while the boys took home fourth. “I thought we played very well at the tournament,” veteran girls Coach Mark Stevens said. “We probably did not play our best game against Sutherlin (in the semifinals). We came back and played well in the third-place trophy game against Valley Catholic and beat a very good Gladstone team to open the tournament. “One of a number of factors for our success was that I feel we continued to get better throughout the season. Some teams … spin their wheels. They were very selfmotivated.” Cascade freshman Halle Wright was the lone unanimous first-team all-tournament selection. Senior Alix Biddington was on the second team. Wright was second in scoring (45 points), led the tournament in rebounding with a 10.0 average and finished with eight steals. Biddington
was third in scoring (42), tied for the tournament lead in assists and added five 3-pointers. The Cascade boys lost a wild tripleovertime game to top-seeded North Bend in the opener but rallied strongly to take down No. 4 Marshfield and Madras to win the fourth-place trophy. Garrett Coffey tied the North Bend game 64-64 with a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the first overtime and John Schirmer knocked in a 3-pointer to tied it 70-70 with 14 seconds left in the second extra period. North Bend, however, pulled away in the second OT for a 75-72 win. Stepan Zavydovskyy had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight blocked shots in the 71-47 win vs. Marshfield, and Schirmer scored 22 in the Madras win. Schirmer averaged 15.3 points per game, tied for the tourney lead in 3-pointers with nine and was a second-team all-tournament selection. Zavydovskyy was second in rebounds (27), led the tournament in blocks (18), tied for fourth in steals
(seven) and played 108 minutes, second in the field. Oddly enough, the Cougars SHOULD have beaten North Bend in regulation. A scoreboard error that was not caught until the next day showed Cascade leading 57-56. “North Bend was given an extra point late in the third quarter that we did not catch and it never got corrected on the board,” Cascade coach Steve Ball told Our Town. “This team should have gotten its shot at the title instead of playing in the consolation bracket. The way they played and finished the tournament was a true showing of the character of this team. They played great no matter what.” Regis basketball: The Rams’ girls program, which had won five consecutive state titles, advanced to the Class 2A state tournament but was denied six in a row. Regis, which finished third in the Tri-River Conference, fell 45-38 to rival Kennedy in the quarterfinals and lost 51-41 to Vernonia in a consolation game. The Regis boys, meanwhile, took third in
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Bloom Guide 2015 We live in a lush agricultural region that includes some of the best-loved flowers in the world. Tulips, irises, peonies, roses and dahlias are wonderful additions to any perennial border and you’ll fall in love with these and more when you visit them at their peak of loveliness. Here are some of mid Willamette Valley’s favorite spots for enjoying plants, flowers and trees in all their glory.
WOODBURN – The Spring Tulip Festival at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm features more than 40 eye-popping acres of tulips in all their glory and one photo opp after another. Open daily 9 am-6 pm through May 3, the farm boasts display gardens, a children’s garden, Dutch sausage and antique farm machinery. Weekends bring the crafter’s marketplace, pony rides, wooden shoe making, steam tractors and live entertainment. 33814 S Meridian Road. Saturday-Sunday admission is $5 per p e r s o n ; maximum $20 per vehicle; weekdays, $5 per carload. 33814 S. Meridian Road; www.woodenshoe.com; 503-634-2243
Silver Falls State Park
SUBLIMITY – Learn about native wildflowers and the birds that find haven in Silver Falls State Park during its Mother’s Day Wildflower & Birding Weekend 10 am-4 pm May 9-10 in the park at South Falls Lodge. Plant displays
and a rare opportunity to purchase native plants. Free; $5 day use fee per vehicle. 20024 Silver Falls Highway; www. oregonstateparks.org; 503-873-8735. Note: Help prepare the park for the event by volunteering at Earth Day Cleanup, 10 am-2 pm. April 18.
BROOKS – Sebright Gardens is a two-acre hosta haven with botanical display gardens featuring hundreds of its 850-plus varieties including several new Sebright introductions. Sebright also specializes in two great hosta companions: hardy ferns and epimedium. Open 10 am-5 pm through July 6; 10 am-5 pm Thursday through Monday July 9-Oct. 5. 7185 Lakeside Drive NE; www.sebrightgardens. com; 503-463-9615
one of Oregon’s largest mature tree peony collections and a 3-acre arboretum/display garden. Peak bloom times: early peonies and irises, April 25-May 5; tree and herbaceous peonies, May 5-12; overall peak peony bloom and cut flowers, May 12-June 10. Open 10 am-6 pm daily April 18-June 7. 6219 Topaz Street NE; www.brooksgardens. com; 503-393-7999
SALEM – Mid-America Garden is a visitor’s delight boasting 7 acres of colorful and unique bearded irises, dwarf to giant, including many award winners and nearly 60 varieties introduced by owners Paul Black and Thomas Johnson. Open Thursday through Monday, 10 am-5 pm April 17 through June 7. 7185 Lakeside Drive NE. www.mid-americagarden.com; 503390-6072
BROOKS – Brooks Gardens Peony & Iris Farm has one of the Northwest’s largest collections of historic bearded iris;
Adelman Peony Gardens BROOKS – Former farmers Jim and Carol Adelman got into peonies in 1993 to give people the chance to stroll amongst big blocks of these colorful garden stars in full bloom. The 20 acres contain 250 old-fashioned and new varieties, most on display indoors, accessible to those with limited mobility. Open daily 9 am-6 pm May 2-June 14. 5690 Brooklake Road NE; www.peonyparadise.com; 503393-6185 Continued on Page 2
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Schreiner’s Iris Gardens
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KEIZER – The nation’s largest retail grower of iris, Schreiner’s Gardens offers 10 acres of display gardens featuring more than 500 named varieties surrounded by 200 acres of iris fields; open dawn to dusk May 8-31. Picnic tables, gift shop, and daily cut flower show; Keizer Iris Festival May 15-17. 3625 Quinaby Road NE; www.schreinersgardens.com; 503393-3232
SILVERTON – Rooted in Food’s annual Garden Tour is 9 am-4 pm June 6, a selfguided excursion of 6-8 private home gardens, a portion of proceeds benefiting Silverton Garden Club’s scholarship fund. Tickets, $10 (kids 10 and under free), include a brochure with a detailed map and are available via the website or at Silverton Farmers Market at Fiske and Main; www.rootedinfood.com; 503-871-4019
Bush’s Pasture Park
SALEM – Bush’s Pasture Park boasts an extensive rose garden in bloom mid-May through October. Stroll through mighty oaks, see the fully furnished original farmhouse and the art center in the farm’s former barn. 600 Mission St. SE; www.cityofsalem.net; 503-588-6261
Friends of Bush Gardens
SALEM – Friends of Bush Gardens hosts its annual plant sale 10 am-7 pm April 24 and 10-5 April 25. Location: Salem’s Riverfront Park. Event features backyard gardening, herbs, organic vegetable starts and other choice
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TURNER – Two acres of dahlias come into their own in early August through first frost at Frey’s Dahlias, open daily 9 am-5 pm for selfguided tours. Frey’s annual Open House, 10 am-5 pm Sept. 11-12, features tours, flower arranging, culture demonstrations and sales of cut and potted dahlias.12054 Brick Road SE; www. freysdahlias.com; 503-7433910
Swan Island Dahlias
CANBY – Stroll through 40 acres of dahlias in bloom Aug. 1-Sept. 30 at Swan Island Dahlias; its annual festival is Aug. 29-31 and Sept. 4-6, with demonstrations, live music, food booths and more than 400 floral arrangements and 1,500 cut blooms indoors. Fields open dawn to dusk; indoor display 10 am-6 pm 995 NW 22nd Ave.; www.dahlias.com; 503-266-7711
SALEM – Experience history while enjoying lush and peaceful gardens. Historic Deepwood Estate is a beautiful Queen Anne home built in 1894, now a city park. Its six acres of formal English gardens were designed by Lord & Schryver. Beyond, nature trails wend through natural woods toward Bush Park. Open dawn to dusk. 1116 Mission St.; www.historicdeepwoodestate.org; 503-363-1825
The Oregon Garden
SILVERTON – There is always something to be inspired by at the Oregon Garden, containing a patchwork of more than 20 specialty gardens, including the Children’s Garden, Conifer Garden and Silverton Market Garden. Spring’s masses of natives and other perennials, bulbs, specimen trees and stellar shrubs give way to summer’s annuals, roses, water lilies and shrubs including hydrangea and butterfly bush. Autumn is heralded by crocus, asters, more spectacular roses, shrubs and maples in striking array. Winter’s camellias, crab apples and witch hazel blossoms prove it’s possible to have something in bloom all year. Oregon Garden also offers year round events, classes and concerts. 879 W Main St.; www. oregongarden.org; 503-874-8100
Mission Mill Museum
SALEM – Step back in time to Mission Mill Museum where historic homes come to rest alongside the old Thomas Kay
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Woolen Mill. The peaceful grounds include quaint flower beds and an herb garden containing many medicinal and culinary plants used by Oregon pioneers. Open 10 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday. 1313 Mill St. SE; www. missionmill.org; 503-585-7012
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SALEM – Hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers provide a dazzling display for all seasons at Willson Park in the Capitol Park Mall, 900 Court St.; brochures available in the Capitol. www.leg.state.or.us; 503-986-1388
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E Schreiner’s Gardens 3625 Quinaby Road NE, Keizer
F Bush’s Pasture Park 600 Mission St. SE, Salem
G Deepwood Estate 1116 Mission St., Salem
H Martha Springer Botanical 900 State St., Salem
I Mission Mill Museum 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem
F Silver Falls State Park
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B 12th St SE
D Swan Island Dahlias 995 NW 22nd Ave., Canby 213
L Get Out in the Garden 32483 S Mathias Road, Molalla
M Silver Falls State Park 20024 Silver Falls Highway, Sublimity
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N Frey’s Dahlias 12054 Brick Road SE, Turner
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J Willson Park 900 Court St., Salem K Cooley’s Gardens 11553 Silverton Road NE, Silverton
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SALEM – Martha Springer Botanical Garden and Rose Garden on the Willamette University campus boasts English gardens, a Japanese garden, native plants, historic roses and the Star Trees, officially recognized as the nation’s tallest sequoias on any college campus. 900 State St.; www.willamette.edu; 503370-6532
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Top Garden Projects for April Spring is finally here with rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, forsythia and all the other spring-flowering plants reaching their peak of beauty. Here are a few ways to keep your garden looking its best and cut down on garden maintenance the rest of year.
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Make sure that plants located under the eaves of your house and under tall evergreens are getting sufficient moisture. They can often become bone dry and at risk during fluctuating weather. Container plantings should also be given watering attention.
Spread an inch or two of mulch between flowers, shrubs and vegetable rows to retain moisture and control weeds all summer. Most commonly used for vegetable gardens: straw, sawdust, bark, newspapers, grass clippings and black plastic. Clear out the weeds before applying mulch.
SUMMER FLOWERING BULBS
It’s a good time to plant summer-flowering bulbs such as dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. Mix bulb fertilizer, processed manure and peat moss into the planting soil.
It’s time to re-pot overwintered geraniums and fuchsias. Re-pot with fresh soil and feed regularly for a few weeks. They’ll be ready to set outdoors when weather conditions are favorable.
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of carrots, for example, can produce the equivalent of a 48-foot single row. It also cuts down on watering and fertilizer and crowds out weeds. Keep beds less than 4 feet wide for ease of weeding, watering and harvesting.
Aerate the lawn so water can penetrate deeper. Fertilize to improve overall health and appearance. If moss is growing in the lawn, choose a fertilizer that includes a moss killer. This is also a good time to thatch and over-seed if needed.
FRUIT TREES & BERRIES
Local garden outlets currently offer their finest selection of fruit trees and berry plants; pick them a spot that gets full sun.
There is still time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials, but it is getting a bit late to transplant large trees or shrubs. Rockery perennials and hardy annuals may also be planted now.
March, April and May are ideal for pruning evergreens like juniper, conifer and cypress. Keep your cuts within the green (foliage) parts of the plant; cutting into bare branches can make it difficult or impossible for the plant to generate new growth.
If space is limited, consider wide-row vegetable gardening. A 4-by-20 foot row
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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.
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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
Notices Santiam Senior Center
All adults 50+ are invited to join Santiam Senior Center, 41818 KingstonJordan Road, Stayton. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. 503-767-2009, santiamseniorcenter.com
Santiam Hospital Scholarship
Applications available at Santiam Hospital, 1401 N. 10th Ave., Stayton; santiamhospital.org. Applicants must reside in the Santiam Hospital service area. Deadline: April 23. Linda Minten, 503-394-2180
Wednesday, April 1 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters
8 a.m., Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Hosted by Stayton Area Rotary. 503-769-3464
Oregon Author Series
7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Sublimity author Nakeia Council-Daniels shares her novel The Best of Us: Part One. Reception. Free. 503-769-3313
Friday, April 3 Santiam Valley Grange
7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck
Saturday, April 4 Prom Dress Giveaway
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Community Center. All Dressed Up hosts its fourth annual prom dress giveaway. Open to any teenage girl in Oregon with a valid high school student ID card. Anna, 503881-0711, taboy.02.wix.com/alldressed
Cascade Car Show
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 NE Marion Road, Turner. Car show, drawing, bingo, silent auction, rummage sale. Benefits Senior Class graduation party. Registration $15 per vehicle. Forms on Facebook at Cascade High School Car Show or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aumsville Easter Egg Hunt
Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt
1 p.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Ages 1 - 10. Bring basket. grady@ santiamescrowinc.com
Sunday, April 5 Easter Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser
1 - 4 p.m., Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary 36834 Richardson Gap Road, Scio. Suggested donation $10 per person. 503-394-4486, lighthousefarmsanctuary. org
Grange Easter Egg Hunt
1 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 E Fifth St., Lyons. Hotdogs, refreshments. All ages.
Monday, April 6 Small Steps, Big Results
8 - 10 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. A GROW-EDC class. Allison, 503-871-5188
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4 p.m., Stayton High.
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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary tulip sale. Other locations include Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City; Mehama True Value Hardware, 11267 Grove St. $5 for bunch of 10 while supplies last. Repeats April 2. Char Bartosz, 503-749-2910, or Susan Schwarz, 503859-3662.
Odd Fellows Bingo
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aumsville Museum and History Center, 599 Main St. Every Saturday. Free admission. 503-749-2744
Red Hat Strutters
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Wednesday, April 8
Run for Stayton K9
9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Moms of Preschoolers meet for breakfast, speakers, crafts. Ages birth through kindergarten. email@example.com
9:45 a.m., Mill Creek Park, 1110 Main St., Aumsville. Ages 1 - 12. 503-749-2030
Noon, Almost Home Restaurant, 3910 NE Market St., Salem. Hostesses Valorie Baxter, 503-900-0051, Jeannie Brundidge, 503-999-2262. New members, guests welcome.
11 a.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St, Sublimity. Hosted by Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony Council 2439. Free. 503-932-5101
Regis vs Portland Christian
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Snacks served 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym area, reading nook. Age 0-5. Free. Also April 16. 503-769-1120
11 a.m., Where to Start Fitness, 370 N Second Ave., Stayton. Fundraiser for Stayton Police Department’s K9 unit. Walk or run 5K, 9K routes. Dogs welcome. Health expo for dogs and humans starts at 9 a.m. Register, $20, at wheretostartfitness.com or day of race at starting line. Sponsored by Where to Start Fitness. 503-767-4094, wheretostartfitness.com
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Camp Taloali Easter Egg Hunt
4:30 p.m., Regis High, baseball, softball
Thursday, April 2 Stayton Playgroup
10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro at Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499
11:45 a.m., Camp Taloali, 15934 N Santiam Hwy., Stayton. Easter Egg hunt, lunch, family activities. Free; donations welcome. RSVP: 971-239-8153, firstname.lastname@example.org
7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. 503-769-3425
Tuesday, April 7 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats April 21.
Lyons Garden Club
1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Ben Hickenlooper of Jefferson Gardens discusses hostas and hellebores. Plants available for purchase. New members, guests welcome. John, 503-508-5913
Thursday, April 9 Stayton Baseball, Girls Tennis
4 p.m., Stayton High. Girls Tennis vs Estacada. 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs Newport.
Regis vs. ELC Baseball 4:30 p.m., Regis High.
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Wednesday, April 15
5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.. April 11 Bag Day. Bring a bag and fill it for $5. Benefits Stayton Friends of the Library. 503-769-3313
8 a.m., Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co., 502 N Second Ave., Stayton. 503769-3464
Sweet Notes Extravaganza
Regis Baseball, Softball
6 - 8 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Fundraiser for school’s music program. Music presentation by students. 503-769-2459
Saturday, April 11 Evening of Wine Tasting
6 - 9 p.m., Regis High. Stayton Area Rotary fundraiser. Wine, dinner, drawings, door prizes. Tickets $40; available at Roth’s, Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, Sand Trap Restaurant, Rotary members. staytonarearotary.org
Sunday, April 12 St. Mary Open House
Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters
4:30 p.m., Regis High. Baseball vs Horizon Christian. Softball vs JFK.
Thursday, April 16 Young Professionals Meet-Up
8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. 503-769-3464
5 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball for fathers and their 4- to 18-year-old daughters. Dancing, singing, refreshments. $15 per person. Tickets available online only, staytonlibraryfoundation.org
Monday, April 20 Regis vs Perrydale Baseball
Noon, Moxiberry, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. No-host lunch for local business people to make connections. Sponsored by Columbia Bank. RSVP, pre-order meal if possible, to Moxiberry, 503-767-4438.
Tuesday, April 21 Go Green @ The Library
3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Earth Day with crafts, treats, activities. Wear green, blue, brown for make-the-earth picture. 503-769-3313
Monday, April 13
Regis vs JFK Track
Wednesday, April 22
North Santiam School Board
8 a.m., US Bank, 480 N Third Ave., Stayton. Hosted by American Cancer Society Relay for Life. 503-769-3464
Regis vs Santiam Christian Baseball
7 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 Third Ave. 503-769-6924
Sublimity City Council
Friday, April 17
7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475
Stayton vs YC Baseball
Regis Baseball, Softball
4:30 p.m., Stayton High.
Santiam Historical Society
6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon, surrounding area. Open to public. Refreshments served.
Mill City Council
6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. 503-897-2302
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 April 28. Leroy and Agnes Grover, 503-769-3226
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3:30 p.m., Regis High. Heptathlon/ Decathlon. Repeats April 18. 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs Santiam. Softball vs Western Mennonite.
Saturday, April 18 Grange Flea Market
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, collectibles, hamburger lunch. Free admission. 503-859-2161
Earth Day Celebration
4:30 p.m., Regis High.
Stayton Tennis, Baseball
Santiam Canyon MOMS Club
Tuesday, April 14
7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. 503-749-2030
Regis vs Perrydale Softball
Thursday, April 23
10 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Moms Offering Moms Support with weekly activities. Kids welcome. Refreshments served. Jill, 503-395-7033, email@example.com
Aumsville City Council
4 p.m., Stayton High.
Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters
4:30 p.m., Regis High.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Green Footprints features educational exhibits, games, family activities. Free. 503-874-8100, oregongarden.org
6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St.
4 p.m., Stayton High.
Stayton vs Crook County Girls Tennis
4 p.m., Stayton High.
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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. 503-769-3313 4 p.m., Regis High.
Monday, April 27 Tuesday, April 28
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Tours, meet staff, tuition assistance options. 503-769-2718
Stayton vs Molalla Boys Tennis
5 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton.. Dinner, auction, drawing. Dinner tickets, $40, drawing tickets, $25, available at the school or stmaryauction.org. 503-769-2718
4:30 p.m., Regis High.
7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425
Evening at the Auction
4 p.m., Stayton High. Boys tennis vs Madras. 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs North Marion.
Friday, April 24 Regis vs Western Mennonite
4:30 p.m., Regis High. Baseball, softball.
Saturday, April 25 Lions Club Barkdust Sale
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., NORPAC, 930 W Washington St., Stayton. U-haul or free delivery in Stayton, Sublimity zip codes. $20 delivery charge to other areas. Preorders recommended. Repeats May 2. 503-769-5466
Stayton River Run
9 a.m., Stayton Elementary School, 875 Third Ave. Third annual Stayton River Run benefits Stayton Elementary Parent Teacher Club. Includes 1 mile kids’ run, 5K, 10K. $10 ages 13 and older. Children 12 and under free. Register at staytonptc. com or at 8 a.m. day of the race. 503-769-2336
Stayton vs North Marion Girls Tennis Mill City Council
6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First
Wednesday, April 29 Imagine the Possibilities
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m April 29 , North Santiam Economic Vitalit y Summit, sponsored by GROW ED C, Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Rd, Stayton. • Keynote speakers Lanie McMullin, MFA, Economic Develop ment Consultant, Executive Dir ector for the City of Everett, Wash. She has extensive experience – inc luding revitalization projects in 136 cities. • Debra Hansen, Director of Washington State Unive rsity Stevens County Extension, desig ns and offers classes and workshops to farmers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small businesses. She helped de velop Ripple Effect Mapping, a tool tha t explores effects of programs. • Afternoon will be devo ted to talking about opportunities for economic development with a foc us on employing and leveragin g available assets. Topics include rur al tourism, natural resources, youth engagement and entrepreneurship. • Free. Open to anyone int erested in the economic vitality. Tre xler Farm caters, morning treats by Sugar and Spice Bakery. Register: 50 3-871-5188 or allison@growsantiam. org.
Stayton vs Cascade Baseball
4:30 p.m., Stayton High.
Thursday, April 30 Stayton vs Philomath Boys Tennis 4 p.m., Stayton High.
Oregon Author Series 7 p.m. Stayton Public Library. Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears and local artist Paul Toews. Reception. Free. 503-769-3313
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JFK 40 YEAR CLASS OF 1972 REUNION Evergreen Golf Course, Saturday Aug. 1st 6-10, RSVP to John Gooley at johnegooley@ yahoo.com. Please share with your wife, fathers, mothers, relatives and family. For now, we need your contact information. 503-932-8171 EASTER EGG HUNT Silverton Elks annual Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Mark Twain School. Ages 0-12. Eggs plus prizes! NATURE STORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT SILVER FALLS STATE PARK – If you enjoy talking to people and would like to help visitors enjoy the park, the Friends of Silver Falls State Park need you as a volunteer to help in the Nature Store! If you are interested in volunteering, give Alison a call at 503-873-8735 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. TONER: GRR 11 for Canon copiers - New still in boxes - Magenta/ Cyan/Yellow. Reg. $111.95, sell for $60ea. We have recently changed copiers, and have no need for the toners. 503-845-9499 TFN Volunteer at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House in Silverton. You can guide tours, garden, or help with special public events, office work, or computer data entry for the museum library and collection. Call503.874.6006 or sign up at www.thegordonhouse. org/volunteerrnow. Pick a day, pick a job, have fun.
IMMEDIATE TEACHER OPENING at TLC Daycare, Mt. Angel. Must be teacher qualified. Position is M-F. 503-634-2760.
This is a request for local authors and poets. White Oak will be opening in Silverton in late March. Our desire is create a meditative chant of local art and writers in our business. If you are a writer or poet. We would like to carry some of your written works. We will also, have a room available for meetings or lectures. Please call 503-399-9193 with questions or by email Thewhiteoakgallery@gmail. com Thank you!
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WANTED PLEASE HELP: Retired primary teacher needs an affordable place to live/work. Paul, 503-897-3918. OLD WOODWORKING TOOLS WANTED – I’m looking for old Stanley or wooden hand planes, tool chests, or any related/unusual items. 503-364-5856
OLD LOGGING TOOLS WANTED – I’m a private collector buying logging undercutters, falling axes, hook bottles, crosscut saw filing tools, any unusual items. 503-3645856. FABRIC NEEDED My sister sews Christmas Stockings for those less fortunate and the demand is exhausting their fabric supply. The all volunteer non-profit group, “Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart” (501c3) could really use any COTTON fabric you could donate. It doesn’t have to be holiday theme. The handmade stockings are filled with personal necessities like shampoo and small age appropriate gifts. THANKS for helping to make the holidays a little happier for so many in need. I’ll meet you locally to pick up any fabric you can spare. Please call Paula 503-873-7946
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get it up and running.”
The starter’s pistol goes off for two Stayton runs this month: the fourth annual Stayton River Run and third Stayton K9 Run.
Eves said the main purpose for an SUV is to have a split cage, one half for Brodie and the other half for prisoner transport.
“We are excited about this year’s run,” said Tirzah Hawkins of Where to Start Fitness, sponsors of the Stayton K9 Run that lets participants walk or run a 5K or 9K.
“Our first K9 vehicle did not have a prisoner transport, so when I worked graveyard, I would have to call someone or ask another agency to do the transport. This took time and money. Having an SUV would help with this situation.”
“We love this event because it is dog and family friendly.” The run starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Where to Start Fitness, 370 N. Second Ave. Courses are beginner to intermediate in level and include street and trail running. “For the first time, we will have chip timing to ensure you get the most accurate tine for your run,” Hawkins said. Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each distance, she added. “We have lots of sponsors providing prizes and items for the first 300 registrants’ goodie bags. Our tech shirts are stylish and fun.” A local health fair for dogs and people will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on race day. All dogs will require proof of rabies vaccination and must be kept on a leash (no flexi-leads). Only one dog per person, and the dog must not be aggressive or in heat. Free dog food samples and complimentary nail clippings will be held for the dogs, and chair massages for people. “We will also have clothing from Break the Chain and produce from Fresh to You,” Hawkins said. “Businesses have really stepped up with sponsoring the run and providing loot for our swag bags.” Proceeds from the run go to support the Stayton Police Department’s K9 program. “Our K9 program has been vital in helping us bridge the gap between the department and our community,” said Officer Paul Eves, handler for Brodie, Stayton’s only K9 police dog. “Everybody loves dogs, so when people see a brown, floppy-eared dog named Brodie, it always brings a smile to their faces.” And, of course, Brodie helps with police work. “Our biggest need right now is a new K9 patrol vehicle,” he said. “We recently obtained a donated Chevy Tahoe from Woodburn PD, but it came with high mileage and has been a work in progress to
To participate in the K9 Run, sign up online at wheretostartfitness.com/k9run. Day of race registration starts at 9 a.m. Cost to register is $20 to support Brodie and the Stayton Police K9 Unit. Stayton River Run Sponsored by Stayton Elementary School, the Stayton River started three years ago to accomplish multiple goals. “First of all, as active parents, we wanted to encourage physically healthy lifestyles for our students, families and community members,” said spokesperson Sara Trott. “Secondly, we felt the River Run would help to strengthen the relationship between the school and community by giving them an event to participate in together. Also money raised at the River Run helps us maintain the Cheetah Path at the school. We installed the exercise path with different workout stations to promote physical activity in our community.” The run also helps the SES ParentTeacher Club raise money to support students and staff at Stayton Elementary. “Money raised helps stock classrooms with needed supplies and bringing in enrichment learning opportunities for all students,” Trott said. About 200 people, ages 2 to 81, participated in last year’s River Run, and more are expected this year. The run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 at SES, 875 N. Third Ave. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the covered playground, or register online at staytonptc.org. The event offers a 5K, 10K and 1-mile kid’s run. Children 12 and under run free, thanks to sponsorships from area businesses. The entry fee for runners 13 and older is $10. T-shirts are $15 each, and can be ordered online or purchase on race day. Ribbons will be given out to all age group winners and for all finishers in the kid’s run. For information or to register, visit www.staytonptc.org.
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I devised a plan to either: 1. End political weirdness as we know it or 2. Create the best reality TV show ever. Here’s why I envision doing - All state and federal politicians would be required to wear body cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter about requiring police officers to wear cameras as a way of monitoring officers. I’m not sure what that would accomplish, but some folks, primarily politicians, think it’s a good idea. With my plan, politicians would have to wear body cameras. All of the video would be edited into a halfhour TV show that would air every night. The goings-on at the state Capitol, in Congress and the White House would provide a treasure trove of comedy. For example, folks in Congress have recently been armwrestling over President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. He decided on his own to allow work permits for 5 million people who arrived here illegally before they were age 16 or who are parents of U.S. citizens. Some members of Congress don’t like it because they say only they have the authority to make those decisions. Except they refuse to do that. For years both Democratic- and Republican-led Congresses have
piddled around on the immigration issue. So now that the president has done something, they’ve had a hissy fit and wanted to defund that presidential action as part of a Department of Homeland Security budget bill. All forms of comedy ensued. The Senate looked foolish, the House looked more foolish, and the president totally missed an opportunity to work on a more comprehensive immigration bill. A wise senator — and there are a few of those — once told me that politics is about timing and arithmetic. If the timing isn’t right, or if you don’t have the votes, it’s best to either work out a compromise that more people can support or shut up. Folks in Congress have forgotten that advice. That’s where the body cameras come in. I want to see these brainiacs in action. In their caucuses, the halls of the Capitol and elsewhere. It would be House of Cards meets Laugh-In. Don’t get me wrong. I have equal contempt for both sides of the political aisle. But what honks me off most is when these folks know what they need to do but refuse.
It’s like a big, multi-trillion-dollar version of a teenager refusing to clean his room. Even though he knows he will eventually have to clean it or face the consequences. At the state level, Oregon could have provided some great footage during the past few months, with the governor and his “first lady” heading for the tall grass once the FBI started poking around. Just imagine the footage body cameras could have provided. You could have sold tickets so people could actually see how many times the governor changed his mind and how his mind was changed. I know this makes me sound cynical. Oh, well. Whenever politicians work harder for themselves and their party than for the public — who, by the way, is footing the bill — I get a little twitchy. After all, April 15 is around the corner, and I just sent big, whopping tax checks to Washington, D.C., and Salem. I know in my heart that most of that money will be frittered away. With body cameras on politicians, I could at least see where it goes. And get a few laughs. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer.
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