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Contents Looking Back

Vern Staley shares memories of WWII..........................4


Something Fun Teens take to the airwaves in Mill City.........................7

Something to Do Fishing frenzy time at Detroit Lake............................11 Wildllowers and birding walks at Silver Falls..............12

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Sports & Recreation Local athletes make the marks in college ..................24


On the cover Stayton resident Vern Staley – then and now. Vern served with the 2nd Battalion, 274th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division during World War II. In April he was taken on an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Looking Back

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Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

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recalled the men he served with during World War II.

Seventy years ago, a 20-year old country boy went into combat to help push enemy troops out of Alsace and Lorraine, two historic provinces in Eastern France.

“One day the entire company assembled, and each man had to fill out a will on a form provided by the Army.”

“Some were barely married with young children. More were barely 18 years old. We had never been in combat. We weren’t even a full division. Our artillery, engineers and other support troops were still back in Boston waiting for a ship to bring them to France,” Staley said.

“The snow was deep, the cold was biting, reportedly the worst in 40 years, and for the American soldiers, the Germans and the citizens of Wingen-Sur-Moder, it was hell,” Vern Staley, now 91, told those gathered in January at a ceremony commemorating the liberation of the town from the German Army on Jan. 7, 1945. “Some memories are absolutely clear, others are very blurred, but we will never forget,” Staley said. Born and raised in Prineville, Staley was drafted into the U.S. Army after graduating from Crooks County High School in 1943. He trained at Camp Adair near Corvallis and three weeks later was moved by troop train to Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. “Our days there were spent in field training, practice maneuvers and various forms of preparation and equipment cleaning,” said Staley, who served as a medic with the 70th Infantry Division, 9th District, 7th Army

Eventually, Staley’s regiment, nicknamed the Trailblazers after Oregon’s sturdy pioneers, was transported to Camp Miles Standish just outside of Boston. “We had Thanksgiving at the camp, and then on Dec. 1, boarded a converted luxury liner, The Mariposa, ending up 10 days later in Marseilles,” Staley said. “We lived on a bare hill for about a week before being taken by railroad boxcars to Bischwiller. By dark, we marched to an old factory where we spent the night. The next day, Dec. 26, we went by river to Wingen-Sur-Moder to push out the Germans. That was our Christmas present!” After 89 days of combat that caused enormous casualties, the town was secured, and until July 1946, the U.S. Army occupied the area. Staley served as a supply sergeant. Back on American soil, the regiment was deactivated in October of that year.

Staley said the fighting reduced Wingen-Sur-Moder into a “destroyed, smoldering mess.” “Almost 600 had been killed, wounded or captured,” he told those gathered at the January event. “I still can see them being marched out of town the next day – a wounded officer carried in a chair by his soldiers. They seemed defeated and broken. “We remember the frightened citizens, cautiously venturing out of cellars on the morning of Jan. 7,” he added. “We wondered what would happen here, but Wingen has remained a part of France for the past 70

years, without foreign oppression or being caught in the crossfire of foreign armies.”

“We were all young – college students, farmers, laborers and tradesman,” said

Staley returned several times to the area to celebrate peace and remember those who were lost.

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head a delegation of his fellow veterans to AlsaceLorraine in June. “Fifty-three are going,” said the father of two and great-grandfather of two. “As we get older, our numbers are dwindling.” Staley most recently visited Washington, D.C., with other veterans via Oregon’s Honor Flight. The Honor Fight Network was created solely to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices, and top priority is given to senior veterans, primarily World War II survivors, and veterans with terminal illnesses. During the April 17-19 trip, Honor Flight Oregon honorees visited the World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and other memorials. For his participation, Staley earned a commendation from Gov. Kate Brown and received a framed certificate thanking him for serving his country.

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“We found that intelligence was important, but not as important as loyalty, courage in spite of fear, and the willingness to expose yourself to enemy fire to get the job done,” – Vern Staley

Honor Flight Network and Honor Flight of Oregon believes it’s equally important that they actually get to visit and experience their memorial.” “I was so honored,” Staley said of the experience, one of many taking place for this historic anniversary. “I was recently interviewed by the manager of the Trail Blazer basketball team,” he said. “It will be shown during the sixth winning game, and myself and a couple of others will be comped to attend.” Staley isn’t holding his breath for a showing this season. “That’s four more games in a row they’d have to win,” he said, chuckling. “It will be tough. More than likely it will be next season before they win their sixth game.” Staley has come a long way since training in the spring of 1944 at Camp Adair. “My first impression could be summarized in two words – wet and soggy,” he said of his time there. “The poncho was our daily dress marching to and from the rifle range.” Staley recalls the “flowery words that accompanied our orders transferring us to the infantry.”

“It went something like this,” he said. “‘The Army Ground Forces needs intelligent young men to fill the depleted ranks of the infantry so we can finish off the enemy.’”

After engaging in exercises in the hills of Oregon and in the muddy, red soil of Missouri, after walking his legs off on forced marches over Coffin Butte or Prune Ridge, and after enduring tedious inspections and other repeated exercises, Staley said he began to wonder where intelligence fit into the picture. “However, the camaraderie was great, and in actual combat, we found that intelligence was important, but not as important as loyalty, courage in spite of fear, and the willingness to expose yourself to enemy fire to get the job done,” Staley said. Hesitating momentarily, he shared, “We always thought we would win!” For his service on the front lines, Staley was awarded a Combat Medics Bade, a Unit Citation, and a Good Conduct Medal. For information on his unit see; for information on Honor Flight go to

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“The second part of the training class is actually sitting down at the broadcast console, learning what buttons do what, and really getting on the air, talking into the microphone, playing music, putting callers on the air and talking with them,” Cartwright said. “That’s probably the most nerve-wracking part, getting your first time on air behind you.”

“Our goal is to put young people on the air so they have a platform for their music and views, within reason,” said Ken Cartwright, general manager at KYAC 94.0 FM in Mill City, serving the Santiam Canyon. “It teaches them volunteering, citizenship, responsibility, planning, public speaking, communication, music presentation and discussion as well as educating listeners about the artists and genres of their music,” he added.

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KYAC’s Youth In Broadcasting program also provides teens with a skill set that sets them apart from many who leave the Santiam Canyon with little more than a high school diploma, Cartwright said. “Those skills that they learn and use will be very useful to them regardless of what they do later,” he said. “It also puts them in a position for job opportunities in broadcasting and public relations.” Youth In Broadcasting grew out of the station’s training program, initiated two months after the station started in September 2014, calling for anyone interested in learning broadcasting and programming. “We had been at Kimmel Park in Mill City with our

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“The show just started off as a hobby for me, a way to share the music I love with the people in and around my community, but I’ve grown to love being on the radio,” said the 15-year-old from Mill City, who is learning to play guitar and is active in 4-H. “I love the feedback from my listeners. I like the feeling I get when I’m on the air. I just love it!” Derek Connor hosts The Dark Side of the Radio with Derek, playing mostly classic rock from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays on KYAC. Connor bought his first guitar from his mentor when Cartwright owned his music store in downtown Stayton. The 15-year-old Mill City guitarist named his show after

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“There is a lot to learn in radio, from being a deejay to production, remote broadcast, managing and news gathering and presentation,” he added. To give more teens an opportunity to become interested in broadcasting, Cartwright plans to take the station’s portable broadcast equipment to Santiam High School on a regular basis. “We will set up a class there that will allow us to give kids a hands-on opportunity at the school,” he said. “They will actually be on the air, broadcasting remotely without having to come into the

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“A second raffle is won with fish tickets given out to participants when they produce the fish they have caught and get the tails clipped,” Franz said. Limited to 15 tickets per punch card (up to five per day), the fish tickets are good for boys, girls and adult prizes, Franz said. Participants can also buy tickets for a drawing for many more prizes, including fishing poles and more bikes for the kids, Franz said. “Seventy-five winners will walk away with a fish net filled with goodies,” Franz said. “And people must be present to win.” All entrants buying $5 worth of tickets will be given a jar of Pautzke bait, while quantities last, O’Donnell said. The first 750 entrants will also get a free “Fishing Derby” hat, he added. DLRABA charges adults $15 and children 13 and under $8 to participate in the derby. Cash prizes – one $100 tag and nine

$50 tags – will be given for catching tagged fish brought to the registration table at City Hall. Fish clipping stations will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The fishing derby, which organizers say is “very family oriented,” kicks off the summer season at Detroit Lake, a popular recreation spot about a 45-minute drive from Stayton, east along Highway 22. The event is the Detroit/Idanha fundraiser for the city’s annual Independence Day celebration, “Fireworks at the Lake,” to be held this year on Saturday, July 11. Also coming up are two new summer events: A Dam Good Time Wake Board Amateur Competition on June 13-14 and the Detroit Lake Water Ski Show on July 25-26. To become a sponsor, donate prizes, or for information about the Fishing Derby, e-mail O’Donnell at or call 503-854-3696.

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Calling all birders With the early spring weather, the birds and wildflowers are ready for the 37 annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park. The Festival will run Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District. Visitors can choose from variety of guided wildflower walks, ranging from a ½-mile walk to a more intensive twomile, two-hour “Walk through the Mist Zone.” No pets are allowed on these walks. Birders can enjoy the opportunity to tag along with a professional. Stephen Shunk, owner of Paradise Birding & Tour Co., will be leading the bird tours. Highlights include a daily family walk, two popular early bird walks, a serene afternoon birding walk, and a 7 p.m. evening presentation at the New Ranch. Guided tours and presentations are free.

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Career Pathways By Mary Owen Stayton High School students can now select a course of study from the new Career Pathway program for the upcoming school year. “We are excited about this for students, and believe it will not only add relevance for them, but prepare them with the skills and knowledge needed to have a leg up going into one of these areas,” Principal Alan Kirby said. “The goal of Pathways is, for, one, to make school more engaging for students. As students focus on where they may end up in a career, and find focus in school toward that goal, they may see more value in the classes that they are taking. School becomes a means to an end, rather than something that they just pass through.”

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“I wanted to choose the pathways based on the ability we had to support the curriculum,” Kirby said. “We have added courses to support the pathways, but I also wanted to have a foundation already in place. In each of the pathways, we already had much of what we needed. We just added some depth to the offerings by adding a few classes, and by utilizing some online resources.”

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Kirby hopes parents and students will find the pathways to be relevant, interesting,


and cover a broad range of job types. He is open to creating new pathways as the program moves forward. “As staff get to know students and their interests, they can encourage them toward these pathways, or at least toward a certain class to explore the topic,” Kirby said. Career Pathways was implemented thanks to funds received from the Willamette Promise Initiative regional grant. “It allows teachers at the high school level a chance to work with college faculty in creating college level tests and activities,” he said. “If a student completes these activities at a high level, they then gain college credit for a very minimal fee of $30 for the year for all the credits they can get. It allows many more students to have access to college credits, and to understand what it takes to do college level work.” Kirby said students on the university pathway can finish their entire first year of college in terms of credits while at SHS. “We offer credit through Western Oregon, Chemeketa and LBCC currently, as well as

several AP classes,” he said. Other pathways offer students a hands-on approach to learning about careers that interest them, he added. “We want students to attain all of the training and skills they can get, whether that leads them to college, trade school, the workplace, or other opportunities,” Kirby said. New classes added to complement the Career Pathways program include: engineering, design, family and consumer science, graphic design, introduction to law, chemistry through the ages, and office intern. “We are also expanding out AVENTA and other online courses to give students even more options,” he said. “We are having a very good year here at SHS,” he added. “The staff has been working hard to help our students feel welcome and included, and we are doing all we can to teach students what they need to know as future citizens.”

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School Scrapbook Mari-Linn goes Chrome

Mari-Linn School in Lyons raised enough funds to purchase 10 Chrome books, adding to the 30 purchased by the North Santiam School District. “We are very excited about the work of our PTA and our community in fundraising this year,” Principal Jeri Loftus said. “Through donation and our jogathon, we were able to raise $10,000 to go toward purchasing technology for kids.”


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our school.”

“The gym was packed!” Principal Missy Reisterer said. “The auction included delicious desserts, fabulous basket and packages, and the ever-popular class projects. This was a family-friendly affair, and all ages were welcome to attend.”

“Each elementary classroom participated in the penny jar ‘weighin’ on March 19,” she added. “Mr. Buchholz’s class was the winner of this first challenge with 28 pounds in change.”

Walling said Herrold had “a tremendous heart” that greatly impacted a lot of students.

Tammy Henderson chaired the event, which raised more than $15,000 to benefit the school.

Sublimity Middle School classes are also competing, and can sabotage other grades by placing dollar bills in their jars, Reisterer said.

In addition to the Chrome books, the Parent-Teachers Association recently ordered 25 mini-pads and a charging cart, Loftus said.

Students also collected pennies for Make-A-Wish, a project that has raised more than $67,000 over the 20 years the event has taken place.

“Our goal is to collect $5,000 again this year, which would enable us to grant our ninth ‘wish’ from our school,” she added.

“This technology will help support students be better prepared for Smarter Balanced Assessment, as well as just being better prepared for their future education and beyond school life,” she added.

“This year’s drive got off to a great start,” Reisterer said. “Mrs. Moberg’s class attended two local high school basketball games to collect change from the crowd in February. Those donations totaled $471.91. They are furiously searching for last-minute donations for this year’s penny drive.”

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Stayton Elementary School students are helping fellow students with Tracy’s Tender Touch closet according to Principal Wendy Moore. “Tracy Herrold taught in the North Santiam School District for 34 years,” said Kim Walling, who is spearheading the project. “She sadly passed away in April of 2013. Her family wanted to set up a fund for needy children through

“She always had a soft spot for children in need,” Walling said. “Stayton Elementary formed a committee to see how we could best memorialize Ms. Herrold with the money donated. We knew it was specifically raised for needy children so our idea was to come up with a clothing closet for children who were in need of a whole new outfit, shoes, coats, or simply a pair of socks.” A teacher referral system will identify students with needs, Walling said. “Our teachers see these kids every day and are a good gauge of who may be in need,” she said. “Once children are referred, they will come in and ‘shop’ for the items they were referred for.” Still in the early stages, Tracy’s Tender Touch will be ready for referrals this month, she added. “Our goal is to continue to accept case or clothing donations to keep this going for years.”

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Boot camps

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By Mary Owen Where to Start Fitness has taken on a new cause: charity boot camps. “Charity boot camps are a fun new way to get a workout and raise money for local causes,” said Tirzah Hawkins, who owns the Stayton business with her husband, Daniel. “They vary in length and activities as it’s not just one type of group class but can be up to five different ones.” Hawkins said the parties unite people for a common cause while doing something positive for themselves. “It’s always exciting to find fun ways to bring people together to work out,” she said. “It would be fun to find a church or school group who wanted us to come in and lead a large workout party at their gym, building or even at a park.” The couple’s first charity boot camp was to raise funds for Jason and Janci Burns, who were slated to leave for Papalote, Mexico on March 19 with a group of 22 from FootHills Church in Stayton. The group’s goal was to help complete a house for a local pastor and visit with children at the local migrant workers daycare. “”We, our family of six, felt lead to be a part of this group

in an effort to show Christ’s love to those in Mexico and to teach our children the importance of service,” said Burns, a Stayton native and mother of four children, ranging in ages 5-13. “Personally, my goal is to see my children learn to love, regardless of language barriers, to learn to serve, and to step outside of my own selfish self.” However, just 40 hours before the family was set to leave, the trip was unexpectedly canceled. “We received word that the migrant workers were striking against the land owners and that the climate is rather unstable, we were told to cancel our trip,” Burns said. “Although this was frustrating, the decision was made for our safety.” Burns asked people to pray for the missionaries that live in the Baja area. Meanwhile, the group met to discuss future plans for rescheduling the mission trip and what to do with funds already raised. “Even with only a four-day planning period, the boot camp helped bring in $230 for our trip,” Burns said. “I spread the word about the event to our friends and fellow church members in the area, and Tirzah reached out to her friends and gym members also. It was a great evening of socializing, burning off calories, and raising funds for

a great cause. The generosity of Daniel and Tirzah, at Where to Start, was a blessing and helped us to reach above and beyond our financial goals.” When putting together the parties, Hawkins asks her group class instructors if any are available to donate their time and lead a portion of the workout. “This way we have many different workout types for variety,” she said. “We even had a local guest instructor at our last one who donated her time and helped invite!” The events are suitable for all fitness levels, she added. “All of the instructors show variations so you can work as hard or as lightly as you would like,” Hawkins said. “At our last one we had Turbo Kick, GroupFit, Pound and Zumba Fitness. It was broken up into five segments of 15 minutes with a few minutes break in between each instructor.” Hawkins said anyone raising money for a cause can participate – school groups, local charities, nonprofits, churches and more. “It’s our goal to have one of these a month,” she said. To schedule a camp or for information, call Daniel Hawkins at 503-949-9281 or Tirzah Hawkins at 503-798-3479.





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The Stayton mom said Finley loves swimming at the pool, an activity that strengthens his bones and lifts his spirits. Aquatics Director Billie Maurer advocates for Finley, and is quick to welcome him back when he misses a session, she said. “That sort of inclusion is pretty rare for him and feels great,” Parker said.



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“Every lifeguard and coach has taken extra care to figure out how to handle him and keep him safe. Billie allowed me to go in with him the first few times, and after that, I let him do group lessons on his own. That was a huge deal for us.” Parker said swimming, one of the few sports Finley will be able to do, is important for him to gain strength. “I feel so lucky to be in this community with this group of people and the Stayton YMCA is a huge part of that,” she said. The family, including dad, Vic, and older sister, Emerson, moved to Stayton in 2012 to build a home that is accessible and comfortable for Finley, and near Vic’s family.

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said Finley was obviously in pain. Subsequent X-rays showed numerous fractures throughout his body. After spending several days at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, OI was confirmed. “Our greatest advantage at the time was a Yahoo group dedicated to families with OI where we learned about additional treatments and more cutting edge approaches,” Parker said. “Finley has since had three surgeries to put expanding titanium rods in his legs and receives infusions to make his bones stronger.” OI is a genetic condition that causes bones to break easily. Even the slightest fall or a wrong movement, his mom said, can break one of Finley’s bones, making it difficult for him to lead a normal little-boy life. “We want Finley to live as normally as possible, but we also want him to understand his limits and what could hurt him,” Parker said. “For example, he knows somersaults are a bad idea. Instead, he runs at his bed and does a side roll onto the mattress, which is on the floor. It’s a way of having some control over his own body, but respecting the fact that he’s not allowed to roll forward and compromise his neck.” Despite spending a decent portion of his life in his wheelchair, having several surgeries and at least 20 broken bones, Finley’s mom said he has “totally blown away the expectations of a child born with severe OI.” “He started showing an interest in walking, and after his first rods were put in his femurs, he did just that,” she added.

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“He is a funny kid with a huge personality. Certainly, he is my more stubborn child. He is quick-witted and smart, starting to read at 3 years old and doing math shortly after that. We have grown a lot as a family through this experience.” As their son interacts with his peers, the Parkers stay close by to make sure he stays safe. “It’s a delicate balance because no one wants to be a helicopter parent, but it’s either that or a broken bone, which completely alters his world for weeks or months after,” Parker said. “We get invited to birthday parties at Super Bounce, and it breaks my heart for him. He just can’t get in there and participate. So we try to do things a little different, show up late, bounce on our own after the party, that sort of thing.” A highlight for Parker is watching her loved ones rise to the occasion. “My parents and Vic’s parents have been there for us from day one,” she said. “My daughter is full of empathy and is one of the kindest children I know, in part because of this. His cousins and aunts make him feel normal and special at the same time. We are truly so lucky with our families.

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“I’ve met some amazing mothers who are dear friends that help me get through the hard times right after a break,” she added. “Most of all, watching my boy beat the odds and do what experts thought he would never do, that is the biggest highlight.”

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A family keeper

Restoring a heirloom uncovers treasured stories

I spent most of a weekend painstakingly cleaning up a family heirloom, long past the point of pretty.

Had I known what I was getting into 15 years ago, would I still have asked to own it?

It was a pie safe, something most people under the age of 90 don’t even know exists, but a tangible piece of family history that I was bound and determined to get up and running, keeping my pies safe and all that.

The darn thing stinks of motor oil, is sticky and covered in lead paint to boot. I sloughed on it with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda (this is pretty much what I use to clean everything) for a good hour, barely making tracks.

with big personalities and tempers to match.

I’d been asking my dad to give me this pie safe for well over 15 years, ever since I saw it at the tender age of 10 and trusted my taste in antiques would likely never change.

He was mighty handy and every time my dad surfaces with some wacky invention or interesting wooden thing I jump in to save it while admiring the craftiness of my great grandfather, Fred.

How well I knew myself! And how well I should have known that folks, if you ask Moe Lau for something he’s been using in his garage for over 30 years, you better be prepared to clean the daylights out of that sucker. Rest assured, the pie safe was covered from hoof to horn in all manner of toxic industrial sludge not fit for human consumption, and it was my job to get it fit for living in my house with toddler, dog, and husband. Thus began my tangle with a Lau antiquity; a beautiful piece of custommade furniture meant to adorn one’s kitchen or dining room, but having previously existed to house transmissions, mufflers, axle grease, and a personal collection of mercury. The pie safe was made by my great grandfather, a person I greatly admire for his creativity, ingenuity, devotion to physical fitness (?!), general cunning and

We Laus have always been makers; creative people who aren’t afraid of hard work, which I think is kind of hard to come by sometimes. kindness. My father was lucky enough to know his grandfather and really valued their time spent together learning, creating, and exploring the fundamental elements of Oregon manhood, which included building things, fixing things, and doing stuff outside. My great grandfather had a car painting business, worked for the YMCA opening facilities in Hawaii, married a Gardner (of The Gardner House fame) and continued the Oregon Lau family line which now spans seven generations. From all accounts, he sounded like a tremendous person who was wise and slow to anger, a contrast to some of the more mercurial Laus (myself included)

The vague family history I’ve gathered depicts a range of carpenters, mechanics, chair builders, inventors, and tinkerers, which now falls to my sisters and me, all of us pretty happy to create something original be it art work, elaborate costumes, songs, essays, or quilts. My son, the seventh generation, is never happier than when he’s fiddling with some small bit of machinery with his grandfather, and sometimes I laugh to see just how amazingly similar they are. Having never really known either of my grandfathers, my dad’s relationship with my son is priceless to me. And I think they both feel the same way. But the pie safe, oh the pie safe!

The once beautiful robin’s egg blue paint was mottled and chipped, encased in old spider webs and cracking and molding in every corner. The dang thing was a real mess, but like most old timers, had a good story to share. After scrubbing just about every banned toxic material I can think of off of it, I could just start to see the clean skeleton of the thing shining through. Some people might have then chosen to strip the old paint off and sand it down, replacing the jumbled mottled mess with bare wood, but I am the product of my great grandfather and my father, axle grease and all, and I decided to just leave it. I made a trip to the hardware store and bought some heavy duty polyurethane to encase the whole pie safe, just as it is, in a clear coat to preserve the old paint and charm. And then I moved that bulky, heavy piece of semi-hazardous furniture, so long cast off in the shadows of my dad’s motorcycle corpses and tools, into the light of my dining room, where it had finally come home.

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Breaking new ground? Go easy on Google

By Brenna Wiegand The ability to Google nearly anything messes with my head. No more calling Grandma for canning advice or Dad for when to plant beans? Why, you needn’t even suffer the indignity of trying to wheedle Great Aunt Hilda’s Secret Corn Relish recipe out of Cousin Myrtle – just Google it! If I ask anybody anything, am I just being lazy?

The Internet has a lot to say about gardening, but its sheer volume of information can be overwhelming, unreliable and not suited to your area. Rather than making hay while the sun shines, the beginning gardener becomes enmeshed in a World Wide Web of open tabs and prolific copying and pasting.

Your laboratory is outside; your own experience an excellent tutor. If the desire takes hold, you can explore such niceties as lasagna or hay bale gardening; soil amendments, cover crops and mulch; crop rotation, successive planting and (hot or cold) composting – even lunar gardening. Much to look forward to. For now, all you need is dirt, shovel, water and a packet of seeds.

I recommend starting small and simple. Friends and family will appreciate you calling on them for advice. Also, learn to see the fun in failure. Gardening is a grand experiment where the joys usually outweigh the risks. I’ve known the exhilaration of sky high heirloom tomatoes one year and the heartbreak of early blight the next. Deer have chomped their way down a row of emerging asparagus and slugs have wiped out squash seedlings in an hour.

Find a corner of the yard that gets several hours of sun and work it up, pulling out weeds by the roots. Level out the dirt; if you’ve no rake, a piece of board or hands will do. If your soil is poor, you can make a raised bed out of wood, concrete blocks, rocks or logs and fill it with a good garden soil mix.

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So many vegetable seeds ask to be covered with a mere eighth or quarter inch of soil. If you don’t smooth out your dirt, just dropping them on a plowed up surface will cause many of them to drop an inch or more below ground right off the bat. This is one of those things better shown than read about: I use a block of wood to level out the soil and tamp it down gently to create a more even surface. Then sprinkle the seed followed by a light layer of soil and tamp again. I cringe when I see people nailing plants with a blast of water, sending half their seed on a whitewater rafting trip

to Timbuktu. Gently mist them in and as they grow, most prefer to be watered at ground level. Real weed problems may require spraying, but you can squelch them out by laying flakes of hay or sheets of plastic over the area months of time. It wouldn’t hurt to work in a little matured manure or compost before planting and, as we live in a slug mecca, to toss around some bait. Google’s great, but gardening’s best learned on your knees. Which reminds me, a little prayer isn’t a bad idea either.

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Seed packets are a wealth of information but often refer to nebulous dates: “as soon as soil is workable”; “after danger of serious frost has passed” or planting seeds indoors so they’re ready to be planted “2-4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have risen above 60 degrees” or just “after weather has warmed considerably.”

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Friday, May 1 Stayton Twilight Meet

Aumsville Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion, Turner Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton Santiam Jr./Sr. High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton

3:30 p.m., Stayton High. 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs Philomath.

Weekly Events

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., NORPAC, 930 W Washington St., Stayton. Prices start at $75 for 2.5 cubic feet. U-haul or free delivery in Stayton, Sublimity zip codes. $20 delivery charge to other areas. Preorders recommended. 503-769-5466

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

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Regis vs St. Paul Baseball 4:30 p.m., Regis High.

Saturday, May 2 Breitenbush Habitat Restoration

8 a.m., Fox Creek Group Camp, 11 miles north of Detroit on Forest Service Road 46. Bring lwork boots, rain gear, gloves, tools to trim brush. Daryl Whitmore, 503-845-4225,

Lions Club Barkdust Sale

Spring Bazaar

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Keizer Lions Club, 4100 NE Cherry Ave. 30+ vendors. Kid’s corner. 50/50 drawings benefit Stayton’s Camp Taloali. 541-515-2778

North Santiam Historical Society

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

7 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 Sorbin St. Open to public. Frances, 503-897-2816

Stayton City Council

Oregon Author Series

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center

Tuesday, May 5 Stayton vs Corbett Girls Tennis

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 250 Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Homemade and homegrown gifts, baked goods. Photo booth, face painting. Door prizes, drawings. Sponsored by Liberty Fellowship Church. Cindy, 503-798-0070

Pre-Mother’s Day Outing

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Aumsville. Rural Fire District Fire Support team’s Equipment Fund fundraiser. Arts and crafts. Silent auction. Kathy, 503-363-4974

Sunday, May 3 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast 7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. $6 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Monday, May 4 Small Steps, Big Results

8 - 10 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Rd, Stayton. GROW-EDC, 503-871-5188

Senior Hearing Tests

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Appointments needed. 503-767-2009

Friday, May 8

Regis vs Dufur Baseball

Mill City Planning Commission

4:30 p.m., Regis High.

9 a.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 First Ave. .

Cascade vs Madras Girls Tennis

Free Boat Inspections

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

Odd Fellows Bingo

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Santiam Motorsports, 11361 SE Mill Creek, Stayton

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

Regis Twilight Meet

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

4 p.m., Regis High.

Stayton vs YC Baseball 4:30 p.m., Stayton High.

Cascade vs Newport Baseball

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

Santiam vs Regis Baseball

Wednesday, May 6

Family Fun Night

8 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Rd, Stayton. Hosted by New Growth Ministries. 503-769-3464

Teen Lounge

3 – 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Gamers Unite with Wii, board, card games. Grades 6 - 12. Free. Repeats May 13, 20 and 27. 503-769-3313

4:30 p.m., Santiam High.

5 - 8 p.m., Sublimity School, 376 E Main St. Bingo, carnival games, food, prizes. Free admission. 503-769-2459

Game On!

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

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Cascade vs Philomath Softball 4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

7 p.m., Stayton High. Students perform $5 adults, $3 students. 503-769-2171

Thursday, May 7

Saturday, May 9

Stayton Playgroup

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doris’s Place, 383 N. Third, Stayton. Snacks 11 a.m. Indoor park, gym, reading nook. Age 0-5. Free. Also May 21. RSVP: 503-769-1120

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Stayton vs Cascade Girls Tennis 4 p.m., Stayton High.

Cascade vs Stayton Boys Tennis 4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

Santiam Kindergarten Registration

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for kids beginning to read chapter books. Signups recommended. 503769-3313

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick speaks. Wine, cheese reception before and after talk. Free. 503-769-3313,

4 p.m., Stayton High.

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

Craft Bazaar

Book Bobs

Cascade vs N Marion Baseball/ Softball

5:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Meet teachers, tour school. Bring immunization records, birth certificate. 503-897-2368

Wildflower & Birding Festival 10 a.m. – p.m. South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park. 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Birding, walks, photography, native plant sale, raptor meet and greet, more. Repeats May 10. Free; $5 per vehicle day use fee. 503-874-0201,


Sunday, May 10 Mother’s Day Monday, May 11 Cascade vs YC Softball

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

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7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. 503-769-5475

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center.

Tuesday, May 12 Turner Kindergarten Registration

Monday, May 18

Thursday, May 14 Recreation Board

Spirit Mountain Casino Trip

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

9:45 a.m., Santiam Senior Center. Leave from Roth’s. Return 6 p.m. 503-767-2009

Skate Park Committee

Red Cross Blood Drive

6:30 p.m., Mill City Baptist Church, 140 N First Ave. 503-897-2302

NSSD Budget Committee

2:45 p.m., Turner Elementary, 7800 School Ave. Meet teachers, tour school. Bring immunization records, birth certificate. 503-749-8060

7 p.m., North Santiam School District, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton.

Santiam Historical Society

Santiam Canyon MOMS Club

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

Detroit City Council

6:30 p.m., City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave.

Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., City Hall, 444 S First Ave.

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary. All veterans are eligible. VFW also meets May 26. Leroy and Agnes Grover, 503-769-3226

Wednesday, May 13 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Finishing Touch Auto Detailing, 333 N First Ave., Stayton. Ribbon cutting. 503-769-3464

Stayton MOPS

9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road. Moms of Preschoolers meet for breakfast, speakers, crafts.

Save Our Bridge

2 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Discuss, review fundraising, completing design, Request for proposals for rehabilitation of Railroad Bridge. 503-897-2302

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-3499

Regis vs JFK Baseball, Softball 4:30 p.m., Regis High.

Cascade vs Stayton Baseball

Friday, May 15

Cloverdale Kindergarten Registration

Santiam vs W Mennonite Baseball

3:30 p.m., Stayton High. Also May 16. 4:30 p.m. Baseball vs Philomath.

4:30 p.m., Santiam High.

Cascade vs North Marion Softball

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters

4:30 p.m., Cascade High.

Detroit Lake Fishing Derby

6 a.m. - 4 p.m., Also May 16 and 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 17. Prizes 3 p.m. May 17; must be present to win. Adults $15. Children 13 and under $8. Register on Detroit Avenue next to city hall.

Hypnosis Show Fundraiser

6:30 p.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Dinner, auction, Vegasstyle hypnosis show. $10 in advance, $12 at door. Fundraiser for Cascade High School. Angela, 503-932-4667.

Wednesday, May 20 8 a.m., Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Professionals, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464

Santiam vs ELC Baseball 4:30 p.m., Santiam High.

Thursday, May 21 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Stayton Sprint Triathlon

8 a.m., Stayton Family Memorial Pool, 333 W Burnett St. 500 meter swim, 22K bike ride, 5K run. $45/ea or $90/team of 3, $70/team of 2. Deadline: May 10. 503767-7665,

Pioneer Park Rehab Fundraiser

1 - 4 p.m., Pioneer Park, 450 N Seventh Ave., Stayton. $100,000 all-or-nothing challenge grant from Ford Family Foundation for park renovation. Never2Late performs. To donate: Kelli, 503-769-2919,

2 p.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-3499

Tuesday, May 26 Senior Legal Help

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

Detroit Planning Commission

5:30 pm, City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave

Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, May 27 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Hayes Quality Constructions & Sandberg Construction. 503-769-3464

Mill City Lions Club

6:30 p.m., Mountain Edge Cafe, 230 NW Santiam Blvd., Mill City.

Thursday, May 28 NSSD Budget Committee

7 p.m., North Santiam School District Office, 1155 N Third Ave., Stayton.

China Trip Information Meeting

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

Lego Club

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Kindergarten Registration

3:30 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 970 Olney St. Meet teachers, tour school, classrooms. Bring immunization records, birth certificate. 503-749-8040

North Santiam School Board

7 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St.

Friday, May 22 Funny Money

7 a.m. - noon, Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Pancakes, ham, eggs. B $6 adults, $5 seniors 62+ and children 6-12. Five and under free. 503-769-2601

Marian Estates Auxiliary

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464 3 p.m., Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Oct. 10 - 19 trip. 503-769-3464

Saturday, May 16

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Oregon West Track Championship

Santiam vs Perrydale Baseball

6:30 p.m., 150 SW Evergreen St., Mill City. 503-897-2302

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

3 p.m., Cloverdale Elementary, 9666 SE Parrish Gap Road, Turner. Meet teachers, tour classrooms. Bring immunization records, birth certificate. 503-749-8050

Sunday, May 17

Santiam Canyon Board

Stayton City Council

10 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 SE Fern Ridge Rd, Stayton. Moms Offering Moms support. Kids welcome. 503-395-7033,

4:30 p.m., Cascade High. 4:30 p.m., Santiam High.

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Dr., Stayton. Walk-ins welcome. Carolyn, 503-769-4077

Monday, May 25 Memorial Day

7 p.m., Aumsville Community Center. Aumsville Community Theatre production. $12 adults, $10 seniors, Repeats 7 p.m. May 23, 29, 30, June 5, 6; 2 p.m. May 24, 31, June 7. 503-385-6653,

Friday, May 29 5 p.m., Santiam High. Diamondback Clover 4H Club brings the circus to Mill City. The public is invited to view the raising of the Big Top around 9:30 a.m., stay for free tour. Advance tickets $10 adults, $6 children 2-12, at Mill City City Hall, Santiam Elementary, Mill City US Bank. At the door: $13 adults, $7 children. Box office opens 4 p.m. Repeats 7:30 p.m. 866-BIG-TOP-6,

Saturday, May 30 Run for the Hills

8 a.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Road, Sublimity. Victor Point hosts 1-mile kid’s run, 5K run/walk, 15K. Music, drawing, refreshments. $10 for 1-mile run, kids 12 and under. $20 for 5K, 15K. Registration increases $10 after May 22. Benefits Victor Point School. Register: and enter “Victor Point School’s Run for the Hills.” 503-873-4987

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Survey aims to identify needs, priorities By Mary Owen A community-wide effort has launched to identify needs and foster support for existing area businesses. “This project gives us a chance to create relationships with local businesses, to find any barriers to expansion, and also discover what the community is doing right,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. SSCOC has joined with GROW-EDC and SEDCOR to develop a strategic plan for economic development in the Santiam Canyon, and volunteers are needed to participate in a survey for the study. “None of the communities in Marion County have done a formal BR&E program,” said Nick Harville, business retention and expansion manager for SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corp.). “The motivation for doing the BR&E is so the community has good information on which to make decisions on those activities which are most important to accomplish, a prioritized list. The list will help use limited resources to their best and most beneficial use.” According to Allison McKenzie, GROW’s executive director, the ongoing health and support of existing businesses is important because they create up to 80 percent of new jobs in any community. “A BR&E program helps identify strengths and weaknesses of individual businesses as well as the local economy, making it easier for the city, chamber and organizations like ours to create effective support and robust programming,” McKenzie said. “Local businesses are also what give our communities their unique character and flavor. Losing a key local business not only affects employment, but impacts community pride and identity.” Conversely, McKenzie added, “Helping local businesses prosper has a positive ripple effect throughout hometowns, and makes an area even more attractive to new enterprises and residents.” Schreiber said competition is fierce for recruiting large employers to a community, and feedback from the survey will help identify new opportunities to help businesses expand. “This will be an evolving project, not just a one-time survey,” Schreiber said. “Over

time, this will help us develop programs and services to better match what our businesses need to thrive and grow.” As well as identifying expansion opportunities, Schreiber said BR&E is a long-term approach to early detection and identification of problems that could cause employers to leave and help build relationships with company executives to promote community commitment. “Any regional data and themes will inform programs that our organizations offer, as well as any policies the city may consider implementing,” McKenzie said. “GROW has already identified a program that has an ongoing BR&E component and that we are considering as part of our five-year strategy.” According to McKenzie, the resurgence of economy in the country is showing locally. “Businesses that stumbled during the recession are making a comeback,” she said. “Local enterprises are reporting higher sales and hiring staff. Several are working on expansions, even at the microenterprise level. The economy is not perfect, of course, and some who hung on during the recession don’t have enough fuel in their tanks to go the distance, but for the most part, business has improved greatly.” To date at GROW, common needs reported include how to improve sales and marketing, help with books and financial reports, understanding how to make effective business decisions, funding, and finding qualified staff, McKenzie said. GROW is happy to support this “important project,” McKenzie said. “We’re even stronger when we all work together.” SEDCOR will analyze the survey results, and will conduct the BR&E survey in other Marion County communities, Schreiber said. “SEDCOR is looking for commonalities in all the communities,” Harville said. “We’ll get together with city managers and tell them the top three business needs on a country-wide basis.” Businesparticipation in the survey is extremely important to accurately gauge the needs and concerns of the local business community. Those interested in volunteering for the survey should contact the SSCOC office by May 8. For information, call 503-769-3464.

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Winter standouts

Local athletes mark their marks in college sports

Here is a look at how athletes from the Stayton area fared in college this winter: Wrestling: Former Cascade High athlete Tyler Howe, a redshirt freshman at Pacific University in Forest Grove, took fourth at 174 pounds in the NCAA Division III regionals. Howe turned in a 12-6 record at 174 pounds and a 7-5 mark at 184 for the Boxers. Josh Parazzo of Scio turned in a 4-6 record at Oregon State University. Parazzo, a heavyweight, was a redshirt freshman for the Beavers. And as noted in the April Our Town former Cascade three-sport standout Cody Crawford won the Pac12 Conference title at 197 pounds for OSU. Crawford, also a redshirt freshman, finished the season with a 30-8 record. He was not pinned all season. Basketball: Former Stayton High standout Coby Proctor started all 25 games at point guard for Pacific. The 6-0 senior averaged 6.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game and led the team in

freshman from Scio at Western Oregon, took eighth in the 400 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor championships in 49.90. Holmberg also ran a leg on the Wolves’ 4x400 relay team that finished third.

assists with 84. Proctor, who also plays on the Boxers’ golf team, also tied for the team lead in steals with 22. Former Scio athletes Riley Graham and Paige Graham played for Linfield College this season. Riley, a 5-8 sophomore, played in 25 games, with four starts, averaging 3.3 point and 2.5 rebounds. Paige, a 5-10 freshman, played in 22 games and averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. Track and field: A.J. Holmberg, a

Swimming: Linfield senior Chris Purdy of Stayton finished his career in the top six at the school in both breaststroke events. Purdy swam a 59.65 in the prelims of the 100 breast at the Northwest Conference championships. The mark is the sixth best in Wildcats history. Purdy took ninth in the final in 1:00.14 and tacked on a 2:12.35 in the 200 breast, which earned him 10th place and the No. 5 spot on the Linfield list. Now, on to what is going on at the high schools and other venues this spring: Baseball: Regis is undefeated in the TriRiver Conference with a 5-0 record, onehalf game ahead of 5-1 Country Christian and 1.5 games ahead of 4-2 Kennedy, the

four-time defending district champions. Regis advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A-1A tournament last season after being Kennedy 8-6 in an eight-inning quarterfinal in Mount Angel. Softball: Scio has roared out to an 18-0 start and is ranked No. 1 by the OSAA in Class 3A. The loggers are 10-0 in the PacWest Conference with a three-game lead ahead of Salem Academy. Fun run: Santiam Hospital is hosting its annual fun run and health walk Saturday, June 6. The hospital and the Stayton Road Runner Club are coordinating the event, which includes 3K, 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk. The 10K run is new this year. Organizers expect 800 to 900 participants, with day-of-the-race check-in at 7:30 a.m. and races starting at 9 a.m. The hospital serves as the start-finish line. Prizes will be awarded to first-place finishers in all divisions and there will be

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WRITING & LANGUAGE SERVICES College graduate (Western Oregon University) with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in German Studies looking to help people of all ages in the following areas: Proofreading and Editing, German-language Acquisition, and English-language Acquisition. Please contact Bridget at 503-984-1346 or conklin. IN NEED OF A CAREGIVER? Or know someone who is? 6+ years experience, available now. 20 hours a week. $13+ an hour. Weekdays only, no weekends. Prefer pay thru state, but private pay ok. Silverton, Mt. Angel and surrounding areas. I need a job, so let’s help each other out. Call me at 503-874-9116. BEFORE THE FALL Yardwork & Yard Maintenance - Pressure washing, Mowing, Trimming/Edging, Pruning, Rototilling, Bark/Soil Placement, Gutter Cleaning, Hauling, Chainsaw work. Free Estimates.  503-508-0388 or 503-871-7295.   HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPING mowing,edging,fertilizing, weed control, clean-ups, bark dust, on going maintenance, and more. Free yard debris hauling. Free estimates. Lic# 10370   503-989-5694 or 503-719-9953   CINDY’S SALON & BOUTIQUE  Located at 204 Jersey St, SIlverton.  Call 503874-0709 or 503 884-4196 to set up an appointment.   FAMILY CLEANING SERVICE 10 years experience-Free estimates.  Excellent references.  503 569-3316     CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215. TINA’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing – Edging - Bark Dusting – Fertilizing – Pruning - Thatching and

Aerating - On Going Maintenance and clean up – yard debris/ Hauling.  CBL# 9404    971-216 1093 CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at or Call 503-580-0753  

VEHICLES 2005 CHEVY 3500 Express Van, 12 passenger, 52k, $13,500. 503-991-8566

WANTED OLD WOODWORKING TOOLS WANTED – I’m looking for old Stanley or wooden hand planes, tool chests, or any related/unusual items. 503-364-5856 OLD LOGGING TOOLS WANTED – I’m a private collector buying logging undercutters, falling axes, hook bottles, crosscut saw filing tools, any unusual items. 503-364-5856. FABRIC NEEDED My sister sews Christmas Stockings for those less fortunate and the demand is exhausting their fabric supply. The all volunteer non-profit group, “Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart” (501c3)  could really use any COTTON fabric you could donate.  It doesn’t have to be holiday theme.  The handmade stockings are filled with personal necessities like shampoo and small Got something age appropriate gifts.  THANKS for to sell? helping to make the holidays a little happier for so many in need.  I’ll meet you your locally to pick up any fand Reach neighbors abric you can spare. call make a deal by Please advertising Paula 503-873-7946 in

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a Grin at the end

Future’s not all as promised

I feel cheated. When I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s, the future was going to be awesome beyond words. I remember reading books about how we’d all work four days a week, and fly in our personal helicopters to work on those few days when we had to show up. Life was going to be a combination of The Jetsons and Buck Rogers.

We were promised that if we could just learn to work together we could build a great society that stretched beyond political borders.

The U.S. space program was pointed toward the moon and beyond. As a nation and as an international community, we were going to lead the way in discovering and understanding where we came from and where we as a species are headed.

There are no leaders — none! — that have a glimmer of a hint of a clue about what direction to go, about how to build that great society, or even to get along moderately well.

It was pretty heady stuff, and I was so excited I couldn’t sit still when I thought about it. Then reality set in. Fifty years later, we are working more than our parents worked. If you factor in inflation, we are making less money than our parents. A personal helicopter? I’m lucky to afford a personal car. At some point I may be lucky to afford a personal bus ticket. In the 1960s, our generation was promised that the world was going to become a better place to live, and we were going to help make it that way.

Now, we seem to be stuck.

In the 1960s, we thought technology would help bring us to together. In fact, the opposite has happened. The Internet, Facebook, Twitter and a dozen other apps just make it easier to insult each other and to make us mad at each other. If I hated mankind, I would invent the Internet as a way for people to incessantly poke each other in the eye, to divide us. I’d invent You Tube so I could post partial videos showing people behaving poorly, so others could wag their fingers and talk about how the “other guys” are always at fault.

I also blame the media, which by and large have decided that the lowest common denominator is as high as people want. What I really care about is the next generation. I care about our kids, and about the generations beyond that. I care about how, in the 1960s, the rallying cry was “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Now the rallying cry seems to be “whatever.” The education most children and young adults receive is the functional equivalent of an assembly line: Learn the facts and don’t think beyond that. And the U.S. economy is built on a massive federal debt that will never be repaid. We as a generation have managed to lower the expectations of our children. They know that our generation only made it harder on them, not easier. Yes, I do feel cheated. But the next generation is getting cheated more.

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