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Something Fun Guitar lessons – building guitars, that is ................ 4

The area’s only locally-owned and owner-operated Locally-owned and owner-operated funeralfuneral homehome

Civics 101 Save Our Bridge receives $8.1 million grant............ 5

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Willnow became intrigued with building an instrument when her friend began to build his guitar.

Santiam High School sophomore Shelby Bate has been fascinated with electric guitars for a long time.

“Since I love the look and sound of mandolins, I asked Ken if he would be willing to guide me through the process of building an F-5-style mandolin from a kit,” she said. “Ken agreed, ordered the appropriate kit, and has proven to be a patient teacher and mentor.”

“I’ve always been into art and music,” said Bate, 16, one of four Santiam students who, thanks to a $1,200 grant from the Santiam Youth Golf Tournament, is building, personalizing and taking home an electric guitar at no cost. Ken Cartwright is teaching Bate, Matt Brady, Randy Turpin and Takisha Kendall-McKinney how to build their guitars on Friday afternoons at his Mill City shop, Cartwright’s Music Repair. Additionally, he fosters arts and entertainment and manages the local radio station. “A lot of the really hard work is done because it’s a kit, but there is plenty to do including wiring and the finish as well as assembly and setup,” Cartwright said. “They will learn how to read blueprints, electrical schematics, sand, add finishes, assemble, setup and follow instructions. The takeaway will be a high-quality instrument they own, can say they built, and are learning on.” Cartwright said his students will learn new skills in woodworking both by hand and machines as well as basic electronics, finishing, and “working as a team.”

When finished, she plans to give the mandolin to her partner, a banjo player and bluegrass musician. Willnow said she is having a good time working on her project, and joins her friend Joanne DeMay, who is building a fiddle, for several hours a week. Takisha Kendall-McKinney, Matt Brady, and Randy Turpin building their own guitars.

Cartwright believes the next generation is hungry for the shop skills that he had when he was their age. “It will instill pride in them as they learn to make what they use, not just run out and buy it,” he said of the project. Randy Turpin is excited about the class. The 15-year-old sophomore likes to build things and see how they tick. “Or take them apart and see how they work,” said his mother, Elaina Turpin. Currently taking lessons in his music class, Turpin’s goal is to learn a song by

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the end of this semester. Cartwright also teaches adults how to build their own instruments. Linda Willnow, a retired transportation planner living in Silverton, is building a mandolin at the shop. “Although I’m not a musician, I enjoy listening to local bluegrass musicians and going to annual festivals,” Willnow said. “Building the mandolin is giving me a better appreciation of the complexities of the instrument and the various elements that affect the sound.”

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for improvements to constructing street, bicycle and pedestrian pathways as well as the completion of a new transit shelter. Total project cost was given as $9.4 million, DOT reported.

Mill City’s Save Our Bridge Committee just received an astonishing $8.1 million windfall that left most members with their eyes and mouths wide open.

“The project will enhance pedestrian safety by improving sidewalk and crosswalk designs, and will enhance critical infrastructure to access the economic center of the city,” DOT said.

“We are in a state of blissful shock,” said Lynda Harrington, chair of the ad-hoc committee. “In our four years of fundraising for this project, we never imagined a grant of this size.” Harrington credited Danielle Gonzales, management analyst with Marion County, with taking the lead last October to secure the U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant. Also helping to secure the grant were government officials representing federal, state, city, and both Marion and Linn counties. “The grants are extremely competitive,” Harrington said, “We thought it was a long, long shot, so we continued to apply for smaller grants.” When Harrington moved to Mill City 14 years ago, she would walk over the railroad bridge and think “how sad, it’s covered in lichens and paint is peeling.” “I pledged then that when I retired, I would volunteer to restore it,” she said. “In 2014, we started with a ‘dream team’ of local community leaders who had been

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working to do just that in time for the Centennial Celebration.” The nine-member Save Our Bridge committee partnered with the city of Mill City to assess and restore the historic railroad trestle bridge, once used to get lumber to neighboring towns and beyond. “We learned several months into the process that Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge is an historically and architecturally unique structure which motivated us to ensure that it stands for future generations to use and admire,” said Dorothy Keasey, SOB secretary. Committee members sold T-shirts, buttons and notecards, and raised funds through special events, Go Fund Me, and major donor solicitations to raise its half of the projected $400,000 needed to

replace and upgrade the support structures of the bridge. The city would step in for the other $200,000. Members hoped to finish in time for the 2019 Centennial Celebration of the bridge’s placement over the North Santiam River. Now with grant funding, Harrington said the entire bridge – decking, railing, cleaning, painting, historical lighting, interpretive signs and updating the structural integrity of the support systems – can be completed for $2.6 million. “The minimum amount for this grant is $5 million, so we added the North Santiam River vehicular bridge and improvements to Broadway Street to meet that minimum,” she said. According to the US Department of Transportation, the grant also will allow

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North Santiam Historical Society board and Save Our Bridge committee member Frances Thomas credited community members for their support. “We are delighted that the community has come together from the beginning with enthusiasm and support for this important project,” Thomas said. “Now this signature structure will serve the North Santiam Canyon for the next 100 years!” Harrington and Thomas agree that restoring Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge will enhance civic vitality in the North Santiam Canyon as well as preserving an historic structure which provides much community enjoyment. “It really has been the perfect alignment of stars,” Harrington said. “Local volunteers, the city, two counties and the federal government all came together in a wonderful collaborative effort.”

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Employment expo By Mary Owen Heads up, job seekers! The second annual Employment Expo and Job Fair is back with a few changes. Sponsored by the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, the event is slated for 1:30 to 3 p.m. for students only followed by an open session for the public from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in the Stayton High School field house gym. “The job fair is an opportunity to see firsthand the kinds of employment opportunities that are available in our region,” said Carmelle Bielenberg, chief executive officer of SSCOC. “Whether they are just looking for a seasonal summer job, part-time employment while in high school or college, or full-time post high school opportunities, we will have a variety of businesses there to meet those needs. We will also have resources and employment coaching to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing and more.” Bielenberg said the chamber surveyed last

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year’s participants and “are putting that feedback into action.” “Employers asked us to host the event in April versus May to allow them time to select employees before the busy summer season thrusts them into full throttle.” The time was also extended to allow for job seekers in traditional “nine to five” positions to be able to attend after their regular work day, she added. “We have also added resource partners to the event to help job seekers improve basic hiring skills,” Bielenberg said. “In addition, there will be tables set up for interviewing on site or completing applications. We want this event to have a long term, positive impact on those involved.” The chamber hopes to have 40-50 area businesses represented, and will continue to accept business registrations up until April 20, Bielenberg said. “Last year, we had several businesses hire employees at the job fair,” she said.

“Our goal is to make hiring easier on local businesses by bringing job seekers to them, under one roof.” More than 200 students attended the first job fair, and this year the chamber hopes to exceed that number substantially, Bielenberg said. “We know that Stayton, Regis and Santiam high school students will be attending, but we invite any students to come and look into the options available,” she said. SCCOC’s goal is to expand the variety of employers to include food service, retail, healthcare, salon/beauty, clerical and more. “We want people to really know what’s out there, and get people back to work or into positions that are a better compliment to their skill set and employment needs,” Bielenberg said. Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, loves the concept of matching businesses who need staff with folks who need jobs.

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Banding together By Mary Owen River Fusion 22 was chosen as the Oregon Festival of the Year for festivals by the Oregon Festivals & Events Association. “We’re thrilled!” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. Two Ovation awards are given to festivals, one for those with a budget over $150,000 and one for festivals like River Fusion 22 with a budget under $150,000. “This is not only a wonderful acknowledgment for our area, it is great recognition for the many stakeholders who banded together to put on this inaugural event during eclipse weekend,” McKenzie said of the win. GROW-EDC tourism teams contributed greatly to the North Santiam Canyon’s outreach to visitors during the Great American Eclipse last August. Others include: Travel Oregon, Travel Salem, Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association (DLRABA), multiple event producers, local communities, the North Santiam and the Stayton Sublimity

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McKenzie said although GROW-EDC’s name is on the award, it’s for everyone who was involved in making the event. “It was this collaborative spirit, especially with so many new, smaller events woven into the mix, that helped us win this important award,” McKenzie said. “Hurray for all of us!” McKenzie said River Fusion 22’s firstever regional tourism event is another important first.

“Our goal is to increase [consumer] spending for our local businesses,” McKenzie added, “while giving visitors a ‘taste’ of outdoor recreation opportunities all over North Santiam River Country.”

“For the first time ever, communities, camping venues and event producers sent visitors to places other than those on their home turf, trusting that a positive visitor experience was what would make this a success,” she said. “This willingness to collaborate across community lines set us apart from some of the other events held that weekend and it sent a wonderful foundation.” Currently, the group is planning the

“Our hope is that River Fusion 22 will help extend the summer season for our local businesses while showcasing the beauties and outdoor recreation opportunities that are abundant in the autumn,” she said. “Since Detroit Lake begins to drain just after Labor Day, we also have a strong likelihood that the North Santiam River will be high enough to support a sampling of river sports as well.

With the forest fires and accompanying smoke last summer, McKenzie said folks learned during River Fusion 22 how important it was to link activities in multiple locations so visitors would have plenty to do no matter where they traveled. “Given that the Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit Lake Downstream Fish Passage

Project may keep Detroit Lake dry for one or two years or more in a few years, GROW and our tourism teams and partners believe it is especially important right now to highlight the range of activities we offer beyond the lake and even the river to help expand our tourism footprint and stabilize this growing regional industry,” McKenzie said. “We’re still in the very early stages of planning, but look for guided hikes, river rafting, horseback riding, tours of covered bridges and some downtown festivities in addition to a host of family activities centered at Camp Taloali.” Additionally, Travel Salem has selected River Fusion 22 and its organizers for the 2017 Most Inspired Award. Travel Salem recognizes businesses, organizations and regions within the Marion and Polk County that have gone above and beyond to develop and market tourism projects each May. River Fusion will be honored at the awards luncheon May 3 at the Salem Convention Center.

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Sublimity resident Alice Halse is living proof of “beauty before age.” “I feel like I’m very healthy,” she said. “I have people tell me all the time I don’t look that old. I feel good and I have very few health problems.” But Halse had to battle to get to where she is today after a friend she hadn’t seen in a time told her, “I’m really disappointed that you let yourself go.” “I knew she was talking about my weight,” said Halse, who, before retiring, ran a pharmacy with her husband after a stint of teaching elementary school. Determined to get healthier, Halse joined Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a nonprofit weight-loss support organization, and defied all the little “saboteurs” that are geared to topple the best of intentions. “I found out about TOPS and joined a chapter in Reedsport on Dec. 5, 1979, and I have been an active member since that day,” said Halse, who now belongs to

believing in yourself, working your program, and attending your TOPS meetings is the key to taking off and keeping off pound sensibly,” she said.” Halse says TOPS is a place “where all the members become really good friends.”

Coordinator Deanna Edwards said TOPS members come together weekly for accountability, support, and to learn about losing weight sensibly. There are two TOPS chapters in Stayton. Alice Halse has lost over 118 pounds through TOPS since 1979.

Stayton TOPS chapter O.R.-#1178. To date, the 82-year-old Halse has lost 118.5 pounds through TOPS, earning her the title of 2016 Oregon Queen of TOPS. “As queen, she has lost more weight than any other female TOPS member in the entire state,” said Kelly Michalski,

“When members reach their goal, they remain in TOPS as a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) member,” Edwards said. “There is no cost to visit a TOPS group. After that visit if you decide to join, there is a $32 fee a year to TOPS Club, Inc. The local chapter will also have monthly dues to pay for incentives and paperwork. This is usually between $3 and $5 per month. “When you talk to KOPS members, you hear them say that positive thinking,

“We call each other and we have contests,” she said. “We are always working at helping each other by bringing in ideas and encouraging each other.” Halse, who also exercises at Anytime Fitness through her health insurance’s Silver Sneakers program, has a tip for others who want to lose weight. “The most important thing is to keep working at it, not to try to rush how much you’re losing,” she said. “Lose it slow and steady and keep going as long as it takes you. It’s the only way I know to do it. You’re going to get there healthier if you do it slowly.” For information, contact Edwards at deannamae@hotmail.com or visit www.tops.org.

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‘Wish’ trip inspires young swimmer to new goals

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Liam swims with MidValley Aquatics in Salem and competes at meets throughout Oregon, Hazelwood said.

Mary Lou Hazelwood calls her 13-yearold grandson a “marvel.”

“His plan is to continue swimming since it seems to help his lung function,” she said, “and since swimming is without contact, it is a good fit. This condition is hereditary, and he is always on guard against any injury, additional illness or surgery.”

“Liam has a bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia, but not hemophilia,” said Hazelwood, a longtime Stayton resident. “He has a platelet disorder, and although he has the correct anatomical number of platelets, none of them will actually perform their function and work properly.”

Hazelwood did not attend the Make-AWish event, but said that family members reported Phelps to have been kind, caring and attentive during their visit.

Liam Edwards was born with the rare disorder – and a very rare lung disease. “There are only five people in the world with the bleeding disorder, and my family is part of the National Health Institute’s rare disease study,” said Liam, a seventhgrader at Crossler Middle School in Salem. “I also have seizures. All of this means I can’t play ‘ball’ activities like most boys, and I can get really sick over something that is minor to another person.” Hazelwood said Liam hemorrhages with any cut or open sore. The condition impacted his lung function, and he uses a percussion vest twice daily to rid his lungs of congestion, she explained. “The disorder is so rare, it has no name,” she added. Despite limitations, Liam embraces two activities he can do: video games and swimming. Following a local meeting, his uncle, Jay Ruettgers, decided to put his

Make-A-Wish recipient Liam Edwards (right) with his older brother Garrett (left) swam with Olympian Michael Phelps in Chicago (center). © MIKE SEBERGER

nephew’s name in for a Make-A-Wish, a program that grants wishes for young people whose lives have been seriously impacted by their medical condition. “My wish was for me and my brother to meet and swim with Michael Phelps,” Liam said. “Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian and awesome swimmer!” Wish granted. Liam and his family were given a 72-hour notice to fly to Chicago to meet the swimming phenom. Phelps is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. He also holds the all-time records

for Olympic gold medals, 13 in individual events, and that’s just part of a long litany of medals, records, and other honors. “It was amazing!” Liam said of his session with Phelps, who holds 39 long-course world records. “He showed us different things about each stroke and had us swim for him. In the end we raced, and my brother, Garrett, and I beat him!” Liam has been swimming for four years, and Garrett, for five years. “My brother is really fast,” he said proudly.

“He got into the pool and swam with the boys, and then attended a ceremony afterward where Make-A-Wish presented Michael with an award for his program support,” she said. Liam’s take-away from the Phelps meetup was a dream to swim in college and go to the Olympics. “I am thankful for Make-A-Wish and the opportunity and special treatment on our visit,” said Liam, who hopes to become a physicist in the future. “I am doing the Walk for Wishes to pay it forward to other kids.” The 2018 Walk for Wishes takes place on Saturday, April 21 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. For information on the walk or the organization, visit oregon.wish.org.

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Passages

Glady Chrisman Porter Gladys Chrisman Porter passed away Feb. 20, 2018 having attained the age of 103 years. She was born Feb. 17, 1915 to George and Pearl Chrisman on the family farm near Stayton. She graduated second in her class from Stayton High School in 1933. She married Wilbur Porter in 1937 and had two sons, Stephen in 1942 and Miles in 1949. She was predeceased by Wilbur and is survived by her sons. Gladys was well known in the downtown Stayton business community having helped her husband run his business before and during World War II. She continued in this roll after the war in the Porter and Lau partnership, not retiring until her 80th birthday in 1995. She was well known to Stayton teenagers

Briefs Feb. 17, 1915 – Feb. 20, 2018 as Mrs. Porter “the record lady” as she ran the shop’s music department. Perhaps three generations of teenagers stopped by after school to listen to the latest popular phonograph records (later cassettes and CDs), and sometimes to buy them. Gladys often served as advisor and confidant to Stayton’s young people. Many commented on her knowledge of music. Gladys was an avid gardener and was still active until she was about 85. She continued to grow roses and tomatoes in pots until she was in her 90s. Many family members and friends mourn her. A private memorial service was held at Wisner Cemetery March 7.

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Weekly Events Monday

Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Free. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Age 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Donations accepted. RSVP: Ginger, 503-769-7995 AA Meetings, 7 p.m. New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton. Repeats Thursdays. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426

Tuesday

Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Volunteers needed. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.

Wednesday

Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week. For location, call 503-769-3464. Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.

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Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday

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 17.

Wednesday, April 4 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Subway, 1720 Shaff Road. 503-769-3464

Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861 Al-Anon Meeting, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton.

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Saturday

6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free monthly cooking class provides skills needed to improve diet. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

Saturday Open House, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Open arts and crafts session. Free; donations welcome. 503-897-6397

Sunday

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Community Center. 503-399-0599

Sunday, April 1 Easter Sunday Grange Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m., Santiam Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Children age 0 - 12. Free.

Monday, April 2 Book Bobs

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for youth beginning to read chapter books. Signup recommended. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 03-769-3425

Tuesday, April 3

Free Cooking Class

Thursday, April 5

8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. All welcome. Free. Allison, 503-871-5188, growsantiam.org

St. Boniface Museum

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

Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats April 17. Glenn, 503-769-9010, nsantiamfs@wvi.com 2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Refreshments, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-769-1313

6 - 7:30 p.m., Mill City Eagles Lodge, 640 SW Broadway St. Dinner, auction to raise funds for Santiam Canyon Food Bank. Choice of New York steak with shrimp scampi, $18; or chicken, $10. Entertainment by Brady Goss. Tickets available at the lodge or from any members. 503-897-3100.

Sunday, April 8 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

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

Monday, April 9 Sublimity City Council

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

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Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

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10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Evening of coloring, relaxation. Supplies provided. Age 12 - adult. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Friday, April 6 Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, April 7 Prom Dress Giveaway

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Community Center. All Dressed Up prom dress giveaway. More than 1,000 prom dresses. Free to any high school female with valid students ID.

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Noon, Rico’s Restaurant, 103 E Center St., Sublimity. New members welcome. Contact hostess Ruth Case for reservations, 503-900-0025.

Eagles Dinner, Auction

11 a.m., Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Information seminar with veteran community groups, government agencies, organizations. Free lunch for veterans and guests who RSVP in advance. RSVP to 503-769-2423

Reds, Whites & Brews

5 - 9 p.m., Santiam Golf Club, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Stayton Area Rotary presents 14th annual Rotary NIght Out, an evening of wine , craft beer tasting. Food, tastings, drawings, silent auction. Tickets $40. Wine, beer available for purchase. 21 and older only. Tickets available at staytonevents.com

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

Stayton Fire District

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

Tuesday, April 10 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

Free Career Services

10 - 11:30 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Ste. 200, Sublimity. Looking for a new job or upgrade? Learn about Santiam Center’s free career, training, exploratory services. Presented by Worksource Oregon.

Santiam Historical Society

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

Mill City Council

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

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-8010

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. All eligible veterans eligible to join. Repeats April 24. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

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Wednesday, April 11 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Regis St. Mary Catholic School, 550 W Regis St., Stayton. 503-769-3464

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Learn about care facility options, out-of-home respite care. Free. Julie, 503-304-3432

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Open to public, new members welcome. John, 503-508-5913

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Thursday, April 12 Santiam Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-769-9319

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Saturday, April 14 Prom Dress Giveaway

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St. Free. Sponsored by Aumsville Clothing Closet. Visit Aumsville Clothing Closet on Facebook.

Monday, April 16 Stayton City Council

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

Stayton High Spring Concert

7 p.m., Stayton High. Stayton High choirs perform. Open to public. 503-769-2171

Wednesday, April 18 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Hosted by Everything Piano. 503-769-3464

College & Career Day

2:30 - 5 p.m., Cascade High. Visit with colleges, trade schools, military branches. All ages. Open to public. 503-749-8010

Thursday, April 19 Santiam Hospital Auxiliary

12:30 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Lunch followed by meeting. Open to public. Volunteers needed. Pat Spaeth, 503-769-3381

1 - 3 p.m., Open Arms Adult Care, 112 E Burnet St., Stayton. Open house resource connection for seniors, people with disabilities. Free. Jordyn, 971-301-1465

Yellow Rose Tea

2 - 4 p.m., Stayton Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Members of Beta Sigma Phi in the Canyon host reunion. All women present, past members are welcome. To receive an invitation, contact Mary Lou Hazelwood, 503-769-5685.

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day

Monday, April 23

Fourth Saturday Maker’s Market

Employment Expo & Job Fair

1:30 - 6 p.m., Stayton High. Meet local employers. Students until 3:30 p.m. Public 3:30 - 6 p.m. Sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464

7 p.m., The Little Red School House, 151 W Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre live stage radio show. $10. Repeats 7 p.m. April 21, 2 p.m. April 22. Tickets at door, staytonevents.com.

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Wednesday, April 25

SCTC Annual Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton High. Annual meeting of Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company. Open to all members in good standing. 503-769-2121

Friday, April 13 Minute to Win It

4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Try hand at timed challenges. Pizza, prizes. 1st - 5th graders. Free. 503-769-3313

CERT Training

6 - 9 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Free Community Emergency Response Training. Age 15 and older. Repeats 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 13, 21; 6 - 9 p.m. April 20. signupgenius/ go/4090b48a9aa2da4fb6-basic, 503-749-2030

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

Lyons City Council

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

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 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 zip codes. $20 delivery fee beyond city limits. Orders can be picked up at NORPAC. Pre-orders encouraged: 503-7695466, staytonlionsclub@gmail.com, staytonevents.com. Repeats April 28.

Grange Flea Market

Aumsville City Council

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

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Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N Third Ave., Stayton. Hosted by Family Building Blocks. 503-769-3464

Santiam Awards Night

6 p.m., Santiam High. North Santiam Chamber of Commerce honors businesses, citizens of the year. 503-897-5000, nschamber.org

Thursday, April 26 Bots!

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

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Kane’s Marina, 530 W Clester Road, Detroit. Kokanee Power of Oregon fishing derby. Entry by April 14, $35 for individuals, discounts for groups. Children 13 and under enter free. Enter at kokaneepoweroregon.com. 9 a.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. 10K, 5K, 1-mile kids run. Race-day registration at 8 a.m. $10 age 13 and older. Children 12 and under run free. Benefits Stayton Elementary PTC. Preregister at staytonptc.org.

DIY Workshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation, workshop on seed starting featuring Marion County Master Gardener. Free, supplies provided. To register, visit library or call 503-769-3313.

Oregon Detroit Derby

Stayton River Run

Tuesday, April 24

The Egg & I

Saturday, April 28

2 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Bunco, refreshments. $10 admission. Drawing tickets for horse-drawn carriage ride $2 each, three for $5. Benefits St. Boniface Altar Society. 503-769-5664

Rock the Blocks!

Friday, April 20

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. New York Times, USA Today bestselling author Marie Bostwick visits Stayton. Reception accompanies event. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Bunco Bonanza

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Stayton Friends of the Library Spring used book sale. Early bird night. Books range 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. 503-769-3313

3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kids of all ages build with Legos, Duplos. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult. Free. 503-769-3313

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4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore world of programmable robots using Ozobots, Cubelets. Best for children in third grade and higher. Free. Made possible by LSTA/IMLS, Independence Public Library. 503-769-3313

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Sports & Recreation

Highlights shine again

Stayton dance squad second at state

The Stayton Highlights dance team took a new path this season, but the outcome was the same: more sustained excellence. The Highlights, who had a run of 12 consecutive state titles from 2003 through 2014, entered the show division this season. The show class means competing against schools of all sizes and it also allows squads to use props. “Show was a great experience but extremely different,” Highlights coach Robin Meier told Our Town. “Show division is almost all Class 6A schools so for a 4A school to come out and get second place their first time out really is a huge accomplishment.” Meier said that working with, transporting and storing the props was a “huge undertaking.” The squad had to rent a U-Haul truck for every competition. Canby, a Class 6A school, won the state title with 96.37 points. Stayton was second with 91.65. Philomath, which finished ninth, was the only other 4A school competing. Stayton has finished first or second at state for 17 consecutive seasons, with its seven senior captains – Roni Heagy, Nicole Witherell, Breanna Culbertson, Alli Jordan, Erin Ball, Jazlynn Simmons and Courtney Griffith – taking home three seconds and one title in their four years.

The Stayton Highlights dance team after finishing second in the show division at the OSAA championships March 17

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Witherell, Culbertson and Heagy were named to the allstate team, and Heagy was awarded an Oregon Dance & Drill Coaches Association scholarship. Also on the roster, the largest in school history were: Ariana Aceves, Reighlee Allen, Julieta Arreola, Savannah Baker, Sierra Baker, Abbie Beattie, Alyssa Black, Ashley Bush, Laura Camacho, Kalissa Clark, Youcelyn Diaz, Brylie Digesualdo, Karissa Flatman, Macey Frost, Bailey Fuson, Madison Fuson, Luciana Garcia, Daphne Gaul, Silvia Gomez, Kaelyn Hill, Jasmin Johnson, Ashley Kintz, Sarah Lackey, Valeria Navarro, Megan Oliver, Sophia Piccirilli, Isabella Ruvalcaba, Kaitlin Sandall, Abby Schneider, Emily Sheehan, Hailey Searles, Emily Smith, Chloe Stinson, Roxanna Trujillo, Milee Weitman, and Charly Woodley. Meier was assisted by Alyssa Russell and April Hermann. Football: Dustin McGee, who engineered a remarkable turnaround at Santiam, has left the program to return to the South. McGee, who came to Santiam from Arkansas, is the new coach at Ezell-Harding Christian School in Nashville. McGee took a team that was 2-7 in 2014 and went 4-5, 7-4 and 11-2 in his three years, culminating in a runner-up state finish in Class 2A last November. “We loved Oregon and really enjoyed our time here, McGee told Our Town, “but we have been so far from the people we love and wanted to get back closer to them.” Junior lineman Dustin Keys, one of the captains of the 2017 squad, told Our Town that McGee was “a tremendous man on and off the field. He impacted a lot of lives over a very short amount of time. For me McGee wasn’t just a coach. He became a father figure and a great mentor.”

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Santiam football coach Dustin McGee talks to his team after the Wolverines fell to Monroe 36-22 in the Class 2A title game. JAMES DAY

Santiam Canyon School District Superintendent Todd Miller, meanwhile, praised McGee for the “energy and excitement” he brought to his work and the school. “Our students are better off for the time he spent at Santiam.” Girls basketball: Oregon West rivals Cascade and Stayton wound up facing off in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament in Forest Grove. The Cougars won a hard-fought defensive battle 22-18 and wound up taking on Marshfield for the state title. The Pirates pulled away from a 38-38 tie on a 10-1 run and won 48-41 despite 27 points from Cascade senior guard Halle Wright. Wright, a first-team all-tournament pick, was fourth in the tournament with 49 points, second in rebounding and first in offensive boards. Teammate Kelsey Molan earned second-team all-tourney honors. The second-place state finish was the sixth for veteran coach Mark Stevens, who also won the 4A title in 2011. Stayton, meanwhile, battled into the fourth-place game with a 50-46 win against Hidden Valley before falling 37-35 to Valley Catholic. The Eagles’ three tournament games were decided by a total of 10 points.

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Senior post Alexa Bender was a second-team alltournament choice after scoring 31 points and leading the event in blocked shots with nine. “I was really pleased with how hard the girls played,” second-year Eagles coach Darren Shryock told Our Town. “We had a real shot at fourth, but anytime you bring a trophy home from the tourney it is a good year.” Shryock, also the Stayton athletic director, said he plans to coach the girls again next season because he wanted to limit how many coaches the athletes wound up playing for. “Beyond that, we will see,” he said. OSAA: The battle between Cascade High and the Oregon School Activities Association continues. The OSAA placed Cascade in Class 5A at the end of its lengthy reclassification and redistricting process last fall. Cascade appealed the decision and won a favorable ruling in February from a hearings officer. The OSAA board, however, reaffirmed its view that the school should remain in Class 5A. At Our Town’s press time the next step in the process, a new hearing, had not been set. “Cascade’s contention is that we should be at the 4A classification,” Cascade Superintendent Darin Drill told Our Town. “We are hopeful that the second hearing will take place soon so that all parties can move forward with planning for games next school year.” Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Monday, April 9

Friday, April 13

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4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade

Softball

Monday, April 16

4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Tuesday, April 10 Track & Field

Boys Tennis

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4 p.m. Stayton vs Crook County

Girls Tennis

Softball

4 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Baseball

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4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Western Mennonite

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Country Christian

Baseball

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Western Mennonite

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

Wednesday, April 11

Wednesday, April 4

Boys Tennis

Softball

Softball

4 p.m. Cascade vs North Marion

4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Perrydale

4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton

Thursday, April 5

Softball

Girls Tennis

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4 p.m. Stayton vs Estacada

Thursday, April 12

Boys Tennis

Boys Tennis

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Friday, April 6 Baseball

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Softball

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A Grin at the End

Badlands

Manipulation abounds on the Internet

I’m not ready for a tinfoil hat just yet, but I’m getting there.

write, and these posts appear to be fake. Oh, and I minored in Russian language in college, so I know a little about that, too.

According to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Russians have invaded U.S. social media and bought online ads that are messing with Americans’ minds. According to a federal indictment, Russians used social media to interfere with the presidential election. Oh, and while they were at it, they also posted false “stories” about food poisoning, trying to mess with consumers. And that’s just what we know about. I have previously written that the Internet is destroying civilization as we know it. Nowhere else can your find more vile, stupid and downright evil stuff than the Internet. It is also a fountainhead for inaccurate information about anyone and anything. And a very few people are making billions of dollars trading on this open sewer. Take Facebook – please. I have a Facebook page. On it I have “friended” a handful of people I know. But a weird thing has been

happening. On occasion, I’ll see a post that looks like it came from a friend. It’ll say something like this: “Joe Smith likes The Wall Street Journal.” I know for a fact that is wrong, primarily because Joe Smith publishes his own newspaper. If he was going to promote a publication, he would promote his, not someone else’s. That’s not all. Have you ever looked closely at the posts? I believe many are not written by native English speakers. For example, some of those purportedly coming from witnesses to the most recent shooting tragedy in Florida have syntax and word choices that make me wonder if a foreigner (Russian?) might have written them. I say this having been an editor for 40-plus years. I think I know how Americans

One dead give-away is that these posts are grammatically correct. Americans by and large cannot write that well. Flannery O’Connor – my hero – is the only American who ever wrote perfect English. Everyone else is a distant second. But beyond the fact that many Facebook posts appear to be fake, or just lame ads, I believe the folks at Facebook, or wherever, are monitoring us and our interests. Here’s an example. Over the recent holidays, my oldest son was home, and he and I were talking about Bruce Springsteen. I mentioned that in the 1970s he played several times at the Main Point, a small coffee house in Bryn Mawr, outside Philadelphia. As a teenager, I lived near there. After the holidays, my son returned home to New Jersey and his computer popped up an ad for a 1970s poster advertising Springsteen playing at the Main Point.

That, dear reader, is no coincidence. Someone, or something, was paying attention to a random conversation in our dining room in Oregon and then figured out that one of the participants lived 3,000 miles away in Highland Park, New Jersey, and posted that ad. I always try to follow the money. I looked up Facebook’s financials. Last year, the company made $39.9 billion in advertising revenue. About half of that came from the U.S. The rest came from outside the U.S.  Think about that. Suffice it to say, I think everyone would be better off without the Russians messing around with social media. Everyone, that is, except the profiteers at Facebook and those other open sewers. Here’s a quote from Flannery O’Connor that I found: “Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul.” Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer.

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