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The Stayton Highlights dance team finished second to Valley Catholic of Beaverton at the past two state championships. This year’s squad was determined not to let that happen again.

A isl driven w A ybeyond S Ac ceptiNg New pAtieNtS “This team words,” longtime coach Robin AN d Meier A l ltold t Our ypeS oF iNSurANceS Town. “They came into this season with a goal. They wanted that state title. They were determined to improve, work and That’s first or second in the state for 17 sacrifice to make that goal a reality.” consecutive seasons. On March 18 all of the hard work paid “We knew we were ready to peak,” Meier off. The Highlights scored 91.33 points, Lance Large,of another Kelly Hanh Ramirez, Maria Fife,had madeCarl W Leder, said. “We some changes from just 0.38 points ahead strong MD FNP-BC PA-C PA-C our last regular-season competition, and Valley Catholic squad, to take the Class we were ready to show the audience and 4A-1A title at the Veterans Memorial crowd what that hard work had done. Coliseum in Portland. They performed beautifully both rounds. The state title is the 13th for Stayton, We (coaches) of Chronic Illness were so proud of them.” which had a remarkable run Treatment of 12 Stayton’s prelims and finals scores were consecutive state championships such from as Diabetes/Hypertension the two highest at the meet, regardless of 2003-2014. In addition, the Highlights Preventative Care • Sports Medicine were runners-up in 2001 and 2002. class. The Highlights’ routine was about

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from her work in the Madras, Prineville, and Woodburn chambers of commerce.

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce selected two executive officers to build its strong identity with business owners in the communities it serves.

“Holli has also managed several businesses in addition to owning a business of her own for over 10 years,” Neill said. “We’re excited about the wealth of knowledge she will bring to the work of promoting a thriving business climate that enhances local economic vitality and community livability.”

Holli Thomas steps in for former executive director Kelly Schreiber, as the SSCOC’s new president and chief executive officer. Interim president/CEO Carmélle Bielenberg takes on the role of vicepresident and chief operations officer. “Prior to Kelly’s resignation, we already had two important roles,” said Skip Neill, who chairs the chamber’s board of directors. “We really see the need for a president/CEO with Holli’s experience in directing the efforts of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber going forward. We anticipate Holli bringing a lot of energy and experience in helping the chamber function in an economic development capacity.

Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO Holli Thomas, left, joins vice-president and chief operations officer Carmélle Bielenberg.

“Carmélle skillfully led the chamber while we searched for Kelly’s successor,” Neill added. “She will continue with the role as membership and communications coordinator. However, as VP/COO, she will also support Holli in the business development

and membership training function. Other duties include coordinating the efforts of our great volunteers as well as managing the day-to-day operations of our chamber.” Thomas comes to SSCOC with what Neill calls “great chamber experience”

Thomas said she is very excited about working with “an incredible team of people.” “It is most interesting to me to be a part of a collaborative, forward-thinking organization,” she said. Thomas said creative management was required to bring the Madras and Prineville chambers to the level of success set forth in their goals and strategic planning.

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Building relationships regionally and an open-door policy helped them reach their expectations, she said.

an organization face them, we will work with all available resources to ensure the chamber stays on track.”

Both women are already working with the board to ensure a smooth transition and build a foundation for “excellent collaboration,” Neill said.

Bielenberg is also passionate about relationships and operational efficiency.

“We all recognize these transitions take time, but we are encouraged by the early progress and transparency in forging this important relationship,” he said. “The challenges facing our chamber are the same issues facing our community at large. We would like to assist in revitalizing the economy in our area by attracting new businesses and, thus, creating new jobs. Doing so will bring dollars to our community and improve profitability for businesses already functioning here.” Thomas admires the board for its progressive thinking and believes challenges are “nothing more than momentary distractions, and as we as

“I’m really excited to continue working in much the same capacity as I have been the last few months as interim CEO,” she said. She described her :dream job” as “Focusing on the operational side of our chamber, working on marketing, communications and events, while continuing to work one-on-one with members.”

and support our local businesses has a direct effect on the economic wellbeing and livability of our communities for future generations.” All three believe that by having a twoperson team, SSCOC will be able to help keep Stayton a great place to live and do business. “Holli has great experience in improving relationships and collaborating with local governments,” Neill said. “She has demonstrated ability in encouraging economic development and skill in advocating for our membership.

“One of the biggest challenges of any chamber is how to best serve the needs of such a diverse business community,” she said.

“Carmélle has deep roots in our community, is well organized, and proactive in listening to our membership to understand their needs. She will continue to develop and coordinate training opportunities and other events for our members. I think we will all be amazed at what they are able to accomplish in the near future.”

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Bielenberg believes the chamber must look at making a bigger impact on the community by listening to members’ needs and responding in tangible ways.

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“I invite our members to come in and chat,” Thomas said. “Tell me what is happening in your world and what you would like to see from your chamber. Your opinion, your thoughts are not only needed, but for us to succeed, they are desired and expected. I look forward to meeting the community and working hard toward the goals set forth by the members.”

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A Salem auto body shop owner is expanding to Stayton. Tom Fleming has been doing body work for more than 40 years. “My older brother used to do custom airbrushing and painting in Seattle, which gave me the bug to work on cars,” Fleming said, owner of Fleming’s Body and Paint. Seminars Unlimited P.O. Box 66 Keene, TX 76059

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“Repairing a car to safety standards and knowing I’ve provided some peace of mind fulfills me.” Dedicated to “quality work, genuine care and industry trainings,” his team members challenge each other to be better versions of themselves, with integrity and home-grown values at the core, Fleming said. “I’m a firm believer in treating others the way I want to be treated and when I’m entrusting something as important as transportation and safety to someone, I want to know I’m in good hands,” he said. “We currently have a crew of eight between our Salem and Stayton locations, and are looking to hire more soon.” Married to his wife, Sharon, for 33 years, Fleming said he puts “God first, family second, and everything else ties for third.” The couple has two grown daughters and, Fleming adds, “three grandkids which are my world.”



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Artist uses her talent to create smiles – and funding for Shriners Hospital “I love that organization so much!” said Goodin-Vasquez, who has been in the medical field for more than 20 years. “Superheroes are real, in their staff and the rock-star patients. Those beautiful children have the best outlook on life. They embrace each day and even go to school there during their stay. I miss working there.” Goodin-Vasquez decided to donate 25 percent of her profits after painting her second work. “I just sent Shriners money from the elephant watercolor commission,” she said. “This client contacted me from my Facebook business page and asked me to do an elephant. She would only say her grandma, who passed away last year, collected elephants. She told me to do whatever came through from her grandma.” From three photos of elephants the grandmother loved, Goodin-Vasquez began painting what she “felt.”

“I’m an intuitive painter,” she said. “I began looking at the pictures and knew when I had found the right one. Denise Goodin-Vasquez As I was painting, I had to change colors of eyes and toenails on the grandma’s elephant. It’s hard to explain unless you have experienced this yourself.” She even added daisies to the painting, and the client told her the creation was “spot on.” “Her grandma had daisies at her funeral!” Goodin-Vasquez said. “Years ago, someone she knows drew her an elephant with the same color daisy on its trunk. None of this I knew until the

painting was finished. I love the Lord, and I know he works through me to help people in this way.” Julian Vasquez lost his mother last year, and the couple lights a candle for her and one for Goodin-Vasquez’s grandmother, making sure they stay lit day and night. “When a candle is done, I noticed we had a lot of glass,” said GoodinVasquez, who uses battery-operated votive candles in her display. “I just decided one day to see how acrylic paint would look on glass. It turned out great!” She also likes painting on wood, including “Girl On A Swing” on plywood, one of her more popular works. Her husband paints personalized rocks with little animals and the names of their grandchildren. “My favorite acrylic is a baby hedgehog,” Goodin-Vasquez said. “It’s hard to choose as I love them all! All of

them bring smiles. I love helping people lift their spirits.” Pleased with the watercolor medium used to paint the elephant, she loves the way it looks and plans to use it more. “It opens up to more than just nursery or children’s paintings to me,” she said. Of her new-found popularity as an artist, she added, “I’m still in awe of how quickly this has become a ‘thing’ for me. I have even had people ask me if I teach, which makes me giggle, but is so humbling. People have been so kind, so gracious.” Recently, people have asked her to create greeting cards using her original paintings. “They are toooooo adorable!!!,” Goodin-Vasquez said enthusiastically. “I can’t wait to post a display online.” For more information, send an e-mail to or visit dvgPaintings on Facebook.


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Silver Falls State Park By Mary Owen When visiting the South Falls Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park, be sure to stop and smell the flowers. Placed on the table by the front entrance, the everchanging, fresh bouquets of spring flowers come from the backyard of Earl McCollum, who has been volunteering at the store since 2005. “A volunteer at the Nature Store talked to me about how great it was to volunteer there,” said McCollum, who trained as an agriculture teacher and worked at a community college for 22 years. “I studied botany and crop information. I also taught wildflower identification.” McCollum puts his skills to work leading wildflower hikes at the park. “I talk about the wildflowers that are in bloom that day, which are edible, which are poisonous,” he said. “I share how the Native Americans used the plants. I also mention the geology of the falls.” McCollum said people are very receptive to the information. “I have many repeat hikers,” he said. “One has been coming on a hike with me every year for the last five years. I have one person who comes from Port Angeles!”

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McCollum also serves as vice president of the Friends of Silver Falls State Park, an organization that supports the educational and interpretive opportunities available to park visitors. The group also promotes the preservation and protection of Silver Falls, Oregon’s largest state park. More 1.2 million people visited the park last year.

the store is a way to feel useful and give back to the community in a beautiful setting.” McCollum’s flower walks begin spring vacation and run through November, usually at 2 p.m. every Thursday leaving from the Lodge in the day-use area. He will also lead a hike at the 39th annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival slated for May 13-14. A schedule of events can be found at www.SilverFallsStatePark. As the park gears up for spring and summer visitors, additional South Falls Nature Store volunteers are needed.

Earl McCollum “Earl is a cheerful person who loves to tell jokes and work with people,” said Lou Nelson, president of the Friends. “Meeting people from all over the world is one of the things he like best about volunteering at the store.”

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Educational priorities Editor’s note: Election preview of additional races will be included in the May 1 edition of Our Town. By Mary Owen Candidates have filed for the school board seats that will be decided with the May 17 ballot. While many seats on locals boards are uncontested, with just a single person filing, a few positions have challengers.

North Santiam School District Four people are vying for three open director positions on the North Santiam School Board this May. Incumbent Laura Wipper and Adrienne Campbell are vying for director, position 3, zone 2, for the NSSD school board. Alisha Oliver has tossed her hat in the ring for director, position 7, at large #2. Incumbent Tass Morrison is running unopposed to keep her seat as director, position 1, zone 1. All positions are for a four-year term. Wipper wants to continue as a school board member because, she said, “Education is my community’s most important business.” She believes a quality education system fosters economic vitality and prepares young people to go on to become “engineers, healthcare professionals, accountants, software designers, builder, developers” and more.

“Education and those involved make all of this possible, and I want to do all I can in support,” she said. Wipper views student learning and high school graduation as an area that needs steady and vigilant work. The district also needs stable funding, she said. “The way we educate must continue to evolve as the world evolves,” said Wipper of balancing innovation with fiscal realities. “One example of this is technology. Teachers and books are still the backbone of education, but technology is an integral part of how the world works. We must continue to incorporate technology into student learning so they are prepared for the future, but this takes planning and resources.” Wipper said she brings a genuine interest in doing what is best for youth, a commitment to data-based decisions, and a conviction that the district strives for excellence in all school programs. The mother of three, two grown and one at Stayton High School, she has spent decades volunteering in the schools. “This is just an extension of that willingness to volunteer and contribute to my community,” she said. “Of my almost 30 years with the Oregon Department of Transportation, I found my greatest satisfaction in working with small teams to do great things. In fact, I worked in three different programs that were considered to lead the nation in their


School board candidates share their thoughts efforts. I see my participation with my fellow board members, superintendent, Andy Gardner, and the district staff as more of the same – working with a team to do great things for all students of our district.” Challenging Wipper for the seat, Campbell believes schools are the most important asset of a community. The mother of a first grader at Stayton Elementary, she said the school board fits her interest in being active and engaged in the community. She currently volunteers as vice president of the Booster Board at her daughter’s school. “Two major issues that I believe are important, not only in our district, but statewide, are graduation rates and daily student attendance,” Campbell said. “It is imperative that students attend school on a consistent and regular basis as a foundation for educational growth and social skills as well as good work habits to become productive citizens as adults. That flows into graduation rates. “Attendance accountability is the first key to making sure students are present to get the assistance needed to achieve and eventually graduate from high school,” she added. “The North Santiam District has many ways for a student to earn a diploma. We need to make sure students are aware of these options and using them in order to graduate.” Campbell has previous local government experience and works in a school setting

– all attributes, she said, that give her a unique perspective. “I can sympathize and understand the challenges and important issues facing parents, our schools and our community,” she said. “I’m excited to work with likeminded individuals who want the best for our schools, staff, faculty, students and their families.” Alisha Oliver decided to run for school board because, she said, “North Santiam School District is doing great things for our kids!” “Strong schools are part of the foundation of strong communities,” she said. “It’s something I want to be a part of and something I am willing to dedicate my time to. I believe in the programs and opportunities the district has implemented over the last few years, and want to see their continued success.” Reliable and consistent funding is one of the biggest challenges facing the district, she said. “My understanding is creating a sustainable budget has been an area of focus for the district since experiencing the economic downturn,” she said. Additionally, “creating success for every student is an area of focus because there is not a one-size-fits-all model. I believe the board and administration have made and continue to make these a priority by creating and sustaining programs that afford a variety of opportunities.

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increasing the graduation rate.”

Oliver said her professional experience provides a financial, service and risk perspective. She also believes her role as a parent is important for a balanced board. “My kids have taught me that success comes in all different shapes and sizes, and we need the programs and opportunities that support this,” she said. “My volunteer experience through organizations such as Relay For Life and the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce has taught me the value of collaboration, partnerships, and the benefits of an engaged board or committee.”

she said. “I want parents who live here to have confidence that their children will receive a high-quality K-12 education.” In her 10 years of service on the NSSD board, Morrison believes she and fellow board members have succeeded in making significant improvements in how the district serves students.

Morrison also believes educating Stayton’s youth is the highest priority for the community.

She said the board has increased graduation rates and decreased the dropout rate; become an evidence-based decision making organization; created career and college pathways for high school students; completed a $22.85 million remodeling and upgrading at all the schools; improved physical education and athletics facilities; improved the ability to hire and retain high quality teachers; and created positive connections with community businesses.

“I want to strive for even greater community engagement in our schools,”

“I want to continue this momentum,” she said.

In addition to seeking stable funding and insuring all students graduate, Morrison believes it critical to be alert on how the increase in housing developments impact school enrollment. “We have mostly old and aging buildings in all three communities, so maintaining them and knowing when we may need to build new facilities is an important issue,” she said. Morrison said she has experience, knowledge, and a commitment to students and their families that will allow her to advocate for and do what’s best for them. She is a chamber of commerce board member which lets her stay informed about issues important to local businesses and government agencies. “I am diligent about staying informed on current trends and issues facing public schools in Oregon by reading and attending conferences specifically

for school board members, specifically those provided by the Oregon School Boards Association,” she said. Morrison credits school administrators and staff, parents and community members for sustaining the “outstanding schools we have been developing in recent years. “I am deeply grateful to be a part of our schools and the education of our girls and boys,” Morrison said. “I look forward to serving another term on the board of directors.”

Cascade School District Cascade School District has four uncontested seats on the May 17 ballot. Daniel Van De Hey is running unopposed for director, position 2, two-year term. The three, four-year positions are being sought: Karen Ramseyer, director, position 3; David Kuenzi, director, position 4; and Brett Stegall, director, position 5.

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AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays.

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Wednesday Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464.

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Saturday AARP Tax Aide, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free walk-in tax help for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older. Runs through April 15.

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

9 a.m., Where to Start Fitness, 370 N Second St., Stayton. Where to Start Fitness’ annual event supporting Stayton Police Department’s K9 program. Walk or run 5K or 9K course. Dogs welcome with proof of rabies vaccination, leash. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. 503-767-4094

Brown House Work Party 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 First Ave., Stayton. Current projects includes priming and painting, hanging cabinets, gardening, stripping woodwork and wall paper. 503-769-8860

Rotary Night Out 5 p.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Stayton Area Rotary’s 13th annual evening of wine and craft beer tasting. Beer, wine, cider tasting, dinner, prizes. $40 per person. Tickets at or

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Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503769-3313

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

St. Mary Open House 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Take private tour, meet teachers and administrators, learn about tuition assistance. All new families receive $50 off enrollment fee. All faiths welcome. RSVP: 503-769-2718

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children who are beginning to read chapter books. Book discussions, art projects, snacks. Free. Sign-ups encouraged. 503-769-3313

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

2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-769-1313

Odd Fellows Bingo 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats April 18.

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

Wednesday, April 5 Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Historic Charles and Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Hosted by White Water Signs & Graphics, celebrating its 40th anniversary. 503-769-3464

Red Hat Strutters Noon, Trexler Farms, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Buffet lunch with dessert, drinks. $10. Come with Red Hat Easter bonnets. New members, guests welcome. Margie, 503-859-3119

Thursday, April 6 Alzheimer’s Support Group 10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499

3D Printing 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Use 3D pens to create 3D objects. Get handson experience with 3D printer. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

FOL Used Book Sale 5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Stayton Friends of the Library used book sale. Early bird night. Books from $.50 $1.50. Repeats 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. April 7 with all books $1 or less. Fill a bag for $5 after 5 p.m. Repeats 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 8 with $5 bag day. Bring a box and fill it for $7.50 after 1 p.m.

Adult Coloring Night 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Evening of coloring for adults. Supplies, music provided. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

Saturday, April 8 Easter Egg Bunny Hop Run 9:30 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Traditional egg hunt for kids kindergarten, younger at 9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. egg run grades 1 - 3. 10 a.m. 3K egg run grades 2 - 5. $5. 10:30 a.m. 5K egg run for sixth grade - adults. $10. Benefits North Santiam Middle Schools ASB. Registration forms at all NSSD schools.

Monday, April 10 Art Club 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly art club for ages 5 and older. Limited to 20 participants; check with library for openings. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton Fire District Board 7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-2601

Lyons Fire District Board 7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-859-2410

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

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Tuesday, April 11 Passover Begins 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

Good Sleep Workshop 6 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Learn about common sleep problems, techniques for better night sleep. Free. 503-769-2175

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. 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 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. VFW also meets April 25. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Wednesday, April 12 Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Stayton Fire District, 1988 W Ida St. Hosted by Santiam Towing & Recovery. 503-769-3464

Easter Tulip Sale 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary’s Easter Tulip Sale. Bunch of 10 tulips, $5; while supply lasts. Tulips also at Santiam Medical Clinic, 280 S First Ave., Mill City; Mehama ACE Hardware, 11267 Grove St. Proceeds support auxiliary’s scholarship program, purchase supplies and equipment for hospital. To pre-order or for information, call Char Bartosz, 503749-2910. Repeats April 13 - 14.

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

Lyons Garden Club 1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Lyons Garden Club meeting featuring program on care, planting of rhododendrons with guest speaker Alan Thompson. New members, guests welcome. John, 503-508-5913

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

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

Thursday, April 13 Meet B.C. Nelson 3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Meet B.C. Nelson, local author of “Little Miss Annie.” Nelson reads from book, talks about writing process, answer questions. Craft time for kids follows talk. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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

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

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

7 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. 62nd annual Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company meeting. Open to all SCTC members in good standing. 503-769-2121

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

Saturday, April 22 Earth Day Barkdust Sale NORPAC, 930 W Washington St., Stayton. Stayton Lions Club annual barkdust sale. Fresh, local fir bar $75 per load with free delivery in Stayton, Sublimity city limits. $20 delivery fee beyond city limits. Orders can be picked up at NORPAC. Preorders encouraged: 503-769-5466, Repeats April 29.

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Free admission. 503-859-2161

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

Wednesday, April 19 Chamber Greeters

Monday, April 24 Random Reader’s Book Club

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

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Thursday, April 20 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

Rock the Blocks 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Lego club. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult; adults must be accompanied by child. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

Tuesday, April 25 Rural Lending Seminar 10 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 Ferry Road, Stayton. Join GROW-EDC and Maia Hardy of Community Lending Works to learn about holistic approach to rural lending for artisans, microenterprises, agriculture, small businesses. Free. Allison, 503-8715188,

Wednesday, April 26 Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Weddle Funeral Home, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Help celebrate 100 years of Weddle’s serving the Stayton area. 503-769-3464

Tea Time for Book Lovers 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Monthly book discussion group for adults. This month, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Thursday, April 27 Go Lean With Protein 6:30 - 8 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. OSU Extension Service and Calvary Lutheran offer Nutrition with Cooking classes. Learn strategies for eating healthier, ways to keep active. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763,

Oregon Author Series 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation by Oregon author David Biespiel, poet, literary critic, columnist. Reception accompanies event. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, April 28 Read to Lucky 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Improve reading skills by reading out loud to therapy dog, Lucky. Free. 503-769-3313

Moon Myths 4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate Day of the Children by looking at myths about the moon and participating in science projects. All ages welcome. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Saturday, April 29 Stayton River Run 9 a.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. 10K, 5K, 1-mile kids run. Raceday registration at 8 a.m. $10 age 13 and older. Children 12 and under run free. Benefits Stayton Elementary PTC.

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Fuel tax

Stayton goes to voters with street repair plan More than 70 percent of residents answering the city survey named street maintenance as the city’s top priority.

By Mary Owen

A measure for establishing a 3-cent motor vehicle fuel tax will be up for voter approval on the May 16 ballot. “Street funding levels have not kept pace with needs,” City Administrator Keith Campbell said about the fuel tax proposal. “Supplemental funding could be generated by implementing a gas tax, increasing the transportation fee, a bond, or by other means.” A “yes” vote will raise funds to go toward improving Stayton’s nine miles of streets needing reconstruction and 12 miles of streets needing pavement overlays. “Supplemental funding will assist in reducing the backlog of street repair projects,” Campbell said. “The current backlog is $23.75 million. At current spending, it will take 147 years to bring all city streets up to ‘good.’”

“Streets received over 61 percent more votes than the second place priority,” Campbell said. “The poor condition of our streets is not a secret.” Presently, Stayton’s Street Fund is comprised of revenues from transportation maintenance fees, shared state gas revenues, and the Surface Transportation Program. The 3-cent per gallon motor vehicle fuel tax is estimated to raise approximately $165,000 per year. Other avenues to pursue to acquire the necessary funding include: urban renewal, local improvement districts and street fees, Campbell said. “Last year, 5.4 millions of gallons of gas sold in Stayton,” he said. “The city has 3,100 households which equates to 1,742 gallons of gas per

household. If each house bought 20 gallons per week, it would equal 3.2 millions of gallons of gas or 1,032 gallons of gas per household. Based on this information, it is most likely 40 percent of all gas sold in Stayton is from non-residents.” The city will hold multiple Town Hall meetings to share the presentation given to the Stayton City Council on Feb. 6 and answer questions from on the proposed measure. The meetings will be held in the E.G. Siegmund meeting room at the Stayton Public Library. Presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 19, 1 p.m.; and Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. To download the PowerPoint presentation and a copy of the city’s Street Ratings spreadsheet, go to www. FuelTax. For information, contact City Hall at 503-769-3425.

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Sports & Recreation

New coach

Stayton’s Nyquist took West Albany to three state titles 53-33 in the semifinals, stormed back in the fourth period to down No. 2 Stanfield, 57-54, in the title game. Santiam trailed 44-37 at the end of the third period but outscored Stanfield 20-10 in the final eight minutes. The Wolverines took the lead for good at 53-50 with 2:21 left on a four-point play by senior Julian Downey, who made the free throw after being fouled on a successful 3-pointer.

Randy Nyquist wanted to come home, and Stayton had a place for him. Sometimes life is that simple. Nyquist, who won 119 games and three Class 5A state championships in 15 years at West Albany and fielded three Class 6A playoff teams at Oregon City from 2014-16, is the new football coach at Stayton High. Nyquist, 55, will teach physical education and health at the high school. He replaces Andy Campbell, who led the Eagles to the playoffs in his two seasons at the helm. Campbell will coach defensive linemen at Willamette University. Nyquist’s 82-year-old father, Duane, farms 110 acres of grass seed and pumpkins near Jefferson. “It was a challenge at Oregon City getting down here to help him,” Nyquist told Our Town in an interview at the high school. “I had some feelings about not being able to do that. Then this job came open and I thought I could still teach and coach and be close enough to my father to be able to help him.” Nyquist, who praised the administrative staff of Superintendent Andy Gardner, Principal Andy Kirby and Athletic Director Darren Shryock, said he thinks Stayton will be a good fit for his family. Four of his five daughters will be attending schools in the North Santiam School District. “Stayton is a nice small town with hard-working people who have good values,” Nyquist said. “That’s attractive to me being a father and a husband. “I’m excited. I’m excited about the challenge. I think it’s going to be fun. I know how to work hard and be a leader and a teacher and help the kids get where they want to go. As a

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Downey scored 33 points and sophomore brother Jonah added 21 for Santiam. Both Downeys were named first-team all-tournament. It was the second state title in three years for Julian Downey, who transferred to Santiam for his senior year after helping lead Silverton to a Class 5A title in 2015.

Randy Nyquist, the new football coach at Stayton High, won three state championships at West Albany.

football coach and teacher I want my kids to go out and be good husbands, fathers, sons and employees and develop the qualities to be successful in life.” Shryock told Our Town that Campbell will be missed, but added that he is “ecstatic” about Nyquist joining the Eagles. “Andy did great things for Stayton football. We were sad to see him move on to Willamette,” Shryock said. “Having said that, we are ecstatic Randy Nyquist is going to be our head football coach. He is a man of character who brings a proven record of winning with him. Hiring him is a coup for Stayton High School.” Basketball: It’s been a long time coming for Santiam High. The Wolverines, who had not played for a state boys basketball title since 1976, scored their first crown since 1974 in dramatic fashion last month in Pendleton. The fourth-seeded Wolverines, who pounded No. 1 Western Mennonite

The Cascade girls, meanwhile, saw their state title dreams end in a quarterfinal loss to Seaside in the Class 4A tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove. The topseeded Cougars, who came into the tournament 20-0, gutted their way to a fourth-place finish without standout 6-0 junior Halle Wright, who was injured in the loss to Seaside. Junior Kelsey Molan scored 20 points in a 41-36 win against Mazama and added 18 more in a 41-33 victory vs. North Marion in the game for fourth place. Molan was a second-team alltournament selection. Wrestling: Cascade junior Louie Sanchez turned in a dominating performance in the OSAA Class 4A state wrestling championships. The 220-pound Special District 2 champion reeled off four impressive wins to take the state title Feb. 25 night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Sanchez, the No. 1 seed at the weight, won twice by pin and once by an 11-2 margin to get to the finals before dispatching No. 2 Spencer Wells of McLoughlin/Weston-McEwen 10-4. Sanchez, who took third at 220 last year, helped the Cougars score 90

points and grab seventh place in the team race. Stayton, meanwhile, led by 120-pounder Ryan Ninman, was 23rd with 18 points. Here are highlights for Stayton and Cascade wrestlers at state: 113: Cascade freshman Kane Nixon, the district champ and No. 2 seed, lost his opener but battled his way to five wins in the consolation bracket to take third place 120: Unseeded Ninman, a Stayton senior, advanced to the semifinals before losing to Tyler Cooper of Scappoose. Ninman finished fourth. 152: No. 6 Kade VanDeHey of Cascade advanced to the quarterfinals and finished fifth. 195: Cascade district champion James Van Agtmael advanced to the quarterfinals and wound up fifth Alumni: Here is a look at how athletes with Santiam Canyon ties fared during the college season: Cody Crawford, Cascade: The Oregon State University junior wrestler moved up to heavyweight this season and compiled a 24-9 record. He was 2-2 in the NCAA championships after taking second at the Pac-12 Tournament. Crawford, a three-time state high school champion at Cascade, is 75-33 lifetime at OSU. Shelby Jenkins: The Salem Academy athlete from Stayton played 32 sets for the College of Southern Idaho volleyball team, which finished 27-6 and came within one match of advancing to the national junior college tournament. Jenkins, a 5-10 outside hitter/right side sophomore, had 27 kills and 53 digs. Alix Biddington, Cascade: The 5-6 Oregon Tech sophomore guard played in 23 games for the Owls, scoring 15 points and adding eight rebounds in 149 minutes. Follow me on @ jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Sports Datebook April 1

Softball, Baseball (doubleheader) Noon. Santiam vs Knappa

April 4

Track and Field

4 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath


4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Central Linn


4:30 p.m. Santiam vs East Linn Christian

Baseball, Softball


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Yamhill-Carlton


4:30 p.m. Regis vs Country Christian

April 11 Girls Tennis

4 p.m. Stayton vs Crook County

Girls Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs North Marion


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade 4:30 p.m.


Cascade vs Stayton

4:30 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy

April 12

April 5

4:30 p.m. Regis vs Kennedy

Girls Tennis


4 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

April 13


4 p.m. Stayton vs Molalla

4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Yamhill-Carlton

April 6 Boys Tennis

4 p.m. Stayton vs Estacada

Girls Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs Molalla

April 7 Boys Golf

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Girls Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs Henley


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath

Girls Tennis

Boys Tennis

Boys Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs Sisters


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Newport

Baseball, Softball

4:30 p.m. Regis vs St. Paul

April 20 Boys Tennis

4 p.m. Stayton vs Sisters

Girls Tennis

Softball, Baseball

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Yamhill-Carlton


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath

Girls Tennis

Boys Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs Madras

April 28 4 p.m. Stayton Twilight Meet

April 21


Softball, Baseball

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Regis


Boys Tennis

April 26

Track and Field


April 18

4:30 p.m. Regis vs Perrydale

4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Newport

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Western Mennonite

4:30 p.m. Regis vs Western Mennonite



4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Baseball, Softball

4 p.m. Cascade vs Estacada

4 p.m. Stayton vs Corbett


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Boys Tennis

Track and Field 4 p.m. Regis vs Santiam


4:30 p.m. Stayton vs North Marion


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath


4 p.m. Stayton vs North Marion

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April 24


Girls Tennis

4 p.m. Cascade vs Corbett

4 p.m. Cascade vs Crook County

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Central Linn Softball,

April 25

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Newport


4:30 p.m. Cascade vs North Marion


4:30 p.m. Regis vs East Linn Christian

ATTENTION LOCAL MUSICIANS On Saturday Oct. 7, we will be hosting our 6th annual, all day “Silverton Sidewalk Shindig” in 30 downtown locations. We intend to expand the diversity of our music. We are considering the following; Bagpipes, Ragtime, Cultural (Asian, African, Mariachi, Rumanian, Zydeco, Peruvian etc) Acapella & Choral groups. If you are interested in performing at this years event, contact us at 503-873-2512 or Deadline is April 30. We will contact you by the end of May. BENEDICTINE SISTERS Used Book Sale Fri April 7 and Sat. April 8, 9am-3:30pm Agatha Hall Benedictine Sisters’ Monastery located at 840 S Main St Mt Angel OR 97362 TWO FAMILY GARAGE SALE April 7 -8. 8 a.m - 4 p.m. Little bit of everything. Fishing gear to household. Silverton Mobile Estates, 1307 S. Water #72. LIFESTYLER EXPANSE 800 TREADMILL Was top-of-the-line when purchased from Sears. Perfect condition. Maintained annually. Very little use. Instruction manual provided. $50. 503-749-3926. FOR SALE Bedroom Furniture. Blond Maple Haywood Wakefield full size Headboard, footboard, rails, four-drawer dresser, vanity w/ mirror and stool. $900 541-350-3121 TLC CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER has openings for PRESCHOOL age. AM Preschool only or all day PS + daycare. 503.634.2760 Trinity Lutheran Church of Mt. Angel

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IMPORTANT NOTICE The Mt. Angel Senior Center has noticed a few items have gone missing. Who ever took the Raggedy Ann doll, the owner would like you to come get the Raggedy Andy. They are very old and need to be together. If you present Raggedy Ann we will give you Raggedy Andy. MOVING BOXES 60+ Lowes and assorted boxes. Medium and Large. $20 for all or 2 for a dollar. 503-874-4275.

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A Grin at the End

A life changer

Sweet, sweet music memories

I remember the day that changed my life.

And here’s the thing: In those days, concert tickets were cheap. I don’t think I spent more than 10 bucks on any of them. In fact, at the Main Point, you could get in for $4 and still have money left over for one of the awesome desserts they served.

I was in ninth grade and a friend and I got tickets to a concert. It wasn’t just any concert. Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations were the featured acts. By the time they got through their playlists – think of most of the greatest Motown songs of all time – it was as though a switch in my head had been turned on. Music. Sweet, sweet music became the most important thing in my young life. I had always been a good student, but after that I focused most of my time on music. Oh, I didn’t have any talent, but I sure had fun. Music filled my days. I always had a radio or record player going. I even learned to play bass and was in a couple of rock bands. Almost every weekend I went to a concert. In Philadelphia, where my family lived, there were a dozen great places to hear music. One was the Main Point, in Bryn Mawr. That’s where I saw Bonnie Raitt play for the first time. I was a senior in high school, and I don’t think she was much older, but boy howdy, could she rock. It was just her and her guitar and she blew the windows out of the place.

I think about how much music has meant to me in my life and I’m thankful. Other concerts were at the Spectrum arena, the Civic Center and the Academy of Music. From Simon and Garfunkel to Jimi Hendrix to Canned Heat, Rod Stewart, Chubby Checker and Fats Domino these guys all shared two things. First, they were dripping in talent. Second, they all had a story to tell. I still think about those times. I think about how lucky I was as a high school kid to see many of the greatest rock, Motown and blues musicians of all time. My favorite concert of all time was at the civic center. Bonnie Raitt opened, followed by Buddy Guy’s blues band. Then came the Allman Brothers, Santana and Chicago.

These days, that’s impossible. Unless you show up at a concert with a briefcase full of cash, you can’t afford to get in – when there’s a good concert around. It just seems like most of the biggest acts skip Portlandia. I feel sorry for today’s kids. They don’t get to see enough live music. They can play videos, listen to iTunes and stuff like that, but they don’t often have a chance to hear music played by massively talented musicians upclose and personal and on their way up. In the meantime, I keep the music going. I hope you do the same thing, too. And whatever you do, Don’t turn it down! Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor who lives in beautiful downtown Stayton.

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• Do you want to improve your sleep? • Do you want to find out about common sleep problems and what to do about them? • Do you want to learn techniques to get a better night’s sleep? If the answer is YES to any of the above questions, then come to our FREE Good Sleep Workshop. All adult community members are welcome. Speakers:

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