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reopening sometime in the next few weeks.”

The popular parklet on Third Avenue is getting an upgrade just in time for warmer weather.

Meyer said several exciting events are planned for 2017, including the upcoming Tour of Possibilities on June 3. From 11 a.m. to 1p.m., participants will take a guided tour of multiple vacant commercial spaces located in the heart of Stayton’s Old Town.

“The new and improved parklet was envisioned by our design team,” said Alan Meyer with Friends of Old Town Stayton, the group responsible for the parklet project. “It will be in the same location as last year, between Boldt Carlisle and Smith and Our Town.” Meyer said the city of Stayton is funding the base for the expanded parklet, which overlooks the creek. Upgrades are being funded by Pacific Power and through FOTS’s fundraising efforts, including Hearts Downtown on Valentine’s Day, he said. Hard at work creating the new area are Meyer and FOTS members Steve Poisson, Judy Mohney, John Mohney, Tricia McCain, Mark Kronquist and Lisa Meyer. Thanks to the hard work by the team, Parklet 2 will have five new benches, a little library where books can be exchanged, and a bar-height table with a chalkboard on Saturday, Meyer said. “We are very fortunate to have motivated, hard-working and creative people on our team, not to mention the support and engagement from the city of Stayton, all the way up to our mayor,” Meyer said.

“We’ll have folks on hand to answer all questions, from building specs and historical significance to possible uses and future potential,” Meyer said. “We’ll even make time to stop in one of Stayton’s newest shops to provide an opportunity to see what doing business here is really like.” John Mohney and Alan Meyer cutting out parts for the benches.

FOTS Design Committee members include Poisson, the Mohneys and McCain. Lisa Meyer sanded the new little lending library. John Mohney, Poisson and Meyer cut out parts for the benches. Judy Mohney painted the chalkboard on the bar-height table. Councilor Kronquist hosted the building project at his home, the Castle on Water Street. “Folks are excited about the expanded parklet,” Meyer said. “Once the city of Stayton installs the base, FOTS will then install the furniture. We’ll have a grand

The event is free and open to the public. Participants must register by noon on May 30. For questions about the tour, contact Michelle Patrick at . Other events include a Howl at the Moon Stayton Block Party on Aug. 18. Family fun and entertainment will be provided at the downtown bash just in time for the solar eclipse weekend. “And if someone wants to get involved with FOTS, they can send us an e-mail via our website,” Meyer said. For information, check out FOTS’s Facebook page or visit

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Idanha, Detroit take steps to educate residents on safety

By Mary Owen Detroit and Idanha are becoming Firewise. The two Santiam Canyon communities are the highest risk in northwest Oregon for the threat of wildfires impacting homes and other structures, according to the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District. IDRFPD has teamed with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service to help educate the communities to be Firewise. “The Firewise Communities Program is designed to help organize, plan and conduct activities each year that make a difference in their communities’ wildfire safety,” said Andrea Martinez, a firefighter with IDRFPD. “The communities of Idanha and Detroit plan on being the first Firewise communities in Marion County, and will be hosting a Firewise Day on Saturday, May 6.”

Work that counts includes: limbing up trees and brush, removing dead vegetation, and such tasks as cleaning gutters and roofs. The city of Idanha will have a community educational potluck from noon to 2 p.m. with the ODF, USFS and IDRFPD employees. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Topics of discussion will include: defensible space, fuels reduction, wildfire prevention, and awareness of the wildfire hazardous area people live in. “The program is a five-step process by which communities develop an action plan and encourage each other to become active participants in building a safer community,” Martinez said.

The city of Detroit will host its event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a project designed to help reduce wildfire risks. “Bring woody debris only to the old Detroit Elementary School and we will dispose of it for you in the near future,” Martinez said. “All we ask is that you fill out the volunteer sheet to let us know how many hours you worked toward your Firewise project.”

To help protect the cities and surrounding areas of the Willamette National Forest, IDRFPD needs assistance to provide fire protection, fire prevention, EMS and Hazmat first response. Recently, a three-day, door-to-door recruitment drive was held in both cities to spur interest in joining the team as paid-on-call (minimum wage) and volunteer emergency responders. “You can participate in one or more different roles,” Martinez said. “To be a firefighter or emergency responder, you must be at least 18 years of age, have a

good driving record, and a clear criminal history.” Positions include firefighter, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, fire truck or emergency vehicle driver and support personnel. “It’s very important for our fire district to maintain a volunteer base, as we are a volunteer fire department and when there is a fire, the volunteers will be there to help suppress it,” Martinez said. “We currently have less than 25 volunteers, and we are hoping to add more.” Martinez said in the days following the recruitment drive the district added two more volunteers. “After Idanha and Detroit become Firewise communities, we hope other communities in the canyon will also be interested in becoming one,” she said. “It would be very nice to see this program continue down the canyon. If anything, it makes our communities a safer place to live in the case of a wildfire.” For information on the Firewise program, contact Martinez at 503-854-3540 or Levi Hopkins with ODF at 503-859-4323. If interested in volunteering, e-mail idanhadetroit@, call 503-854-3494, stop by the Idanha or Detroit fire stations, or visit

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A U.S. Navy veteran, Bennett said he has 17 years of board experience, seven with the Willamette Agate & Mineral Society in Salem, 10 years with the Blue Clan Intertribal Council in Washington.

Fellis was appointed to the fire district board to fill a mid-term vacancy. “I have been learning about the district since then,” said Fellis, a program assistant with the Emergency Response Unit at the Office of State Fire Marshal. She worked nine years at the Oregon State Police and serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.

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His goal as a member of the fire board is to locate a highly trained chief who is “knowledgeable and capable of growing the fire district” to meet the needs Aumsville’s expanding community, he said.

“I have always enjoyed volunteer work and giving back to the community that I live in,” he said. “My goal as a board member is to maximize the use of our tax dollars to provide the best fire response possible for our community.”

“I have experience in developing position descriptions, recruitment notices and sitting on interview panels which is essential for hiring the best candidate for chief,” he said. “Volunteers are the most important aspect of any small town fire service. I would look forward to maintaining a rapport with the volunteers and reaching out to the community for new recruits.

“The other ongoing issue is recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters,” he added. “The fire service has changed dramatically in the last 25 years, and the training and commitment for volunteer firefighters has increased to be a large commitment. To retain volunteers, we need to be constantly recruiting.” Garrison said he is examining ways to attract volunteers through different means – website, social media and a newsletter. A third goal is to work on improving response times, he said. “I want to be able to ensure that when a member of this community needs the fire department that we have a qualified crew responding in the fastest time possible,”

Royce Marlin is retired from a 30-year career in administration for the Oregon Department of Corrections. He also volunteered for the Aumsville Rural Fire District for 23 years as a firefighter/EMT, training officer, duty chief and assistant fire chief. “I now have the time necessary to dedicate myself to the challenges of being a district board member,” Marlin said. “I feel my experience would be beneficial to continue the service and protection the community is accustomed to.” Marlin said the board will be challenged in the upcoming months to recruit and fill the vacant fire chief position as well as

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Judges say Stayton has best water in state The City of Stayton was named as winner of the Best Surface Water in Oregon for 2017 at the Oregon Association of Water Utilities 39th Annual Technical and Management Conference in March. The award for excellent water followed a blind tasting by a panel of three judges. Drinking water from around Oregon was evaluated on clarity, bouquet, and taste. “This award validates the hard work and dedication of our Public Works staff,” Stayton City Administrator

Keith Campbell said. “I hope local breweries, wineries, and distillers take note, the City of Stayton water can give them a competitive edge.” The city has been a member of the association since 2015. OAWU is a non-profit organization serving Oregon’s water and wastewater utilities with hands-on training and technical services. The association also serves as a legislative liaison and is active in supporting legislation that improves the utilities that serve Oregon residents.

Nonprofit Resource Roundup set for May 4 In partnership with funders from across the state, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon is hosting one of 10 Nonprofit Resource Roundups across the state May 4 in Silverton at Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St. The Marion County Nonprofit Resource Roundup will offer staff, board members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations the opportunity

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Stayton earns distinguished budget award The City of Stayton has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2016-2017 Budget by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the awards program to encourage local governments to prepare, provide, and utilize budget documents of the highest quality as adopted by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting. For 2016-2017, 17 Oregon municipalities were given this award, only three with populations less than 10,000.

“This award is a reflection of the values and expectations of the City of Stayton governing body,” Stayton City Administrator Keith Campbell said. “We may not be a large city, but our community should expect for us to be a benchmark for quality, transparency, and best practices.” He credited the award to the hard work of Financial Consultant Andy Parks, and the city management team which included Police Chief Rich Sebens and Lieutenant Charlie Button, Public Works Director Lance Ludwick, Planner Dan Fleishman, Library Directors Janna Moser and Pam Pugsley, Deputy City Recorder Alissa Angelo, and Associate Accountant Cindy Chauran.

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Weddle’s community ties stretch across generations

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each other while honoring the life of their loved one.

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“We also know that it is especially difficult to lose a child, so we provide service to families that lose a child at no cost,” she added. “Knowing that they will not incur financial loss during this devastating time is such a blessing and relief to those families.”

“Having been a pillar in the Santiam Canyon for a century, we are honored to be carrying on the legacy left by the Weddle family,” said Terrie Davis, funeral director/manager/producer. “Having served generations of families, it is obvious that Weddle’s continues to be a fixture in the community. The Weddles felt that if you take care of the families, the business will take care of itself, and that has proven true. Families come back to us time and time again when the need arises – for guidance, support and professional service.” In the recent Statesman Journal poll, Weddle Funeral Services earned Best of the Mid-Valley for funeral services. Over the last four years Weddle’s has been honored with three gold and one silver award. “We believe it is an indication that we are providing exceptional service and the highest level of compassion and care to our families,” Davis said. “Weddle’s continues to have a profound impact on the lives of those we serve. We strive to ease the stress often felt by families dealing with the many necessary decisions when faced with the death of a loved one. As our team relieves this burden, it allows families to focus on coming together and loving

Davis said she and her team feel a personal connection with all the families and “truly feel it is an honor to serve them all.” William Alfred Weddle was one of 11 children born to Elijah and Margaret (Slover) Weddle. Young Weddle started as an associate with Melvin Ringo and purchased the funeral home from Ringo in 1917. He moved to Stayton as a young man and married Sarah Wilson of Portland, working as a funeral director for 25 years. Weddle was the mayor of Stayton in 1938, a position he was again elected to in 1940. He was a past president of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association, a member of Stayton Church of Christ, Oddfellows, Lions Club and several other organizations. He was also the general chairman of the Santiam Bean Festival. The owner of Weddle & Sons Funeral Home, Weddle died on the Fourth of July in 1940 while picnicking with family at Silver Falls State Park. Ringo Mortuary handled his arrangements.

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“His son, Wendell, was his associate mortician since 1934,” Davis said. “Wendell and his wife proudly completed their new funeral home establishment in 1958. Time, diligent efforts and careful thought and creative genius combined to give the people of the area the finest in comfort and convenience at the time of bereavement.” Since 2008, Weddle’s has remained family-owned and is now run by Randy and Carrie (Etzel) Durig.



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“With a wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions, we help the family begin their healing,” she added. “Families that come to us know that they will have peace of mind, because in coming to us, they’ve done their best to honor their loved one.” Local suppliers involved in the construction of the current funeral home, located at 1777 N. Third Ave., include: Freres Building Supply, Santiam Hardware, Spaniol & Co., Raleigh Harold Florist, and Marion County RedMix.

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“Carrie grew up in Stayton on Ted and Corrine Etzel’s Century Farm, which has been passed down for four generations,” Davis said. “Together with the staff, they have a genuine desire to the community through service, family and friendship.” Davis said staff helps families with the primary goal of helping to create “a fitting, memorable and affordable service, one that creates the opportunity for the survivors to tell their loved one’s story.”

Weddle’s offers complete services, including on-site cremation as well as burial, private viewing rooms and a reception area. Families receive a memorial DVD and online obituaries on the website at www.Weddle-Funeral. com. The funeral home has its own funeral coach and offers a selection of bereavement items.

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A replica of former President Abraham Lincoln’s custom-made coffin will be on display at the open house. The coffin is one of five replicas made a decade ago by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana. “Wendell Weddle built what many in the funeral industry considered one of the finest operations in Oregon,” Davis said. “Today, our staff continues to offer complete funeral services with the highest level of family care and compassion.” Weddle Funeral Services is one of Stayton’s oldest continuing businesses and it continues to honor tradition. The funeral home has agreed to honor plans on file with Barrick Funeral Home in Salem, which recently closed. “Dr. L.E. Barrick was present to assist with Wendell’s funeral services,” Davis said.

“There is always coffee and water available, and we offer a comfortable and secure environment if you want to come by for a cup or just say hello and ask any questions you may have,” Davis said.

Weddle’s will embrace the future by continuing William and Wendell’s legacy to be “a premier-rated professional team providing exceptional service combined with the highest level of integrity,” Davis said.

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“We understand that no amount of time is ever enough time with our loved ones,” she added. “Knowing this, we do our very best to fully honor each and every loved one entrusted to us.”

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By Mary Owen A Stayton family’s business recently earned top honors at the Northwest Meat Processors Association’s annual convention.

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“Every year they have a smoked meats competition,” said Tanya Dolby, who works in the office and with customers. “Judges come from all over the United States to judge these products and processors from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Best in Show product went to our own Northwest Best Summer Sausage.”

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“His Grandpa had Hirte’s Market when he was young,” she said. “He started working for his dad, Jim Dolby, at Gene’s Meat Market in 1989. Brian was trained by both his father and Gene Coles to be the tradesman he is now. He does all the butchering and sausage making.” In 2011, the Dolby’s bought H & K Meats and “the fun began,” she added. “Our four children on occasion can be

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found helping out at the shop,” Tanya said. “Kayla came back this year to work with us after a short time away finishing college and working in the real world. She is the head meat wrapper and helps with all parts of the business operations. Trevor, Rachel and Grant can frequently be found helping out at the shop doing various jobs when school is out.” H & K Meats offers products that are locally grown and federally inspected, Tanya said. “Fresh frozen beef and pork,” she continued. “All sausage is made in-house as well as snack sticks, jerky, hams, and Brian’s famous bacon. We make over 40 types of hand-crafted sausage, beef, pork and chicken cuts and smoked meats. Our customers love our smoked meats!” H & K Meats also does custom cutting and wrapping of beef, pork and sheep, all butchered and processed on site in Jefferson. Meat packs and some glutenfree products are available for purchase. “Hunters also commonly stop by to drop off their boned-out, clean game meat to be made into sausage or snack stick,” Tanya said. The Dolbys have about 10 employees and Brian said, “We are not all related, but we are one big family. I enjoy creating new product and working with family.” H & K Meats is ;located at 1389 Ankeny Hill Road SE, Jefferson. 503-378-1711 or visit

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By Mary Owen Visitors to Little North Fork and other popular Santiam Canyon recreation areas now face new restrictions for camping, campfire, parking and alcohol use. “These restrictions are an attempt to improve the experience of visitors to the Willamette National Forest,” said Josh Weathers, recreation manager for the Detroit and Sweet Home ranger districts. “There are several busy places where alcohol-related incidents, impacts to water quality from campsites, trash and human waste, and unsafe parking along roadsides limiting access for emergency vehicle response are all contributing to an unsafe and unpleasant experience for many users.” Ranger Grady McMahan cited Three Pools Day Use Area as one that attracts irresponsible drinkers. Others targeted by the new regulations include Elk Lake and portions of the French Creek, Blowout and Breitenbush roads. Weathers credits media and social media attention with the increase in use of the popular recreation spots, including Opal Creek. “It’s not unusual to see over 220 cars at the Opal Creek Trail Head on a hot and busy day,” he said. “The line of cars would stretch over a half a mile long and sometimes on both sides of the road.” To eliminate part of the problem, the Detroit Ranger District put up “no parking” signs on the north side of the road to allow for passage by emergency vehicles. “There’s a little more partying going on, more trash, more human waste washing into the creek,” Weathers said. “At Three Pools, the river is no longer clear. It runs muddy through the summer season. It’s also the only part of the canyon that allows alcohol, so we are proposing to prohibit alcohol in the day-use area to improve the resources of this unique area. There are a host of issues we are trying to resolve.” One of the proposed changes people need to be aware of is that once a parking lot is full, no one else can enter the park – “no walk-ins,” Weathers said. “People can be ticketed, and rangers will be out every day during summer,” he cautioned. Other restrictions include no camping

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Additionally, Elk Lake will be posted “no camping within 500 feet within the lake shore” once restrictions are in place. Plans to prohibit campfires along the road and trail to Opal Pool are also in the works to help alleviate the wildfire and public safety risk. “With the Eclipse coming up, we expect even more camping along the roadsides,” Weather said. “We will have additional support patrolling the area.” To help understand rules and regulations, fold-out camping guides are stocked outside and inside the Detroit Ranger Station. For good points on outdoor ethics, such as burying human waste and toilet paper or building a safe campfire, Weathers suggest visiting the Leave No Trace website.

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Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade Jr./Sr. High, 10226 SE Marion Road, 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 Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

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Stayton Library. Music, dance for little ones. Free. 503-769-3313

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Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. 1 p.m. Yoga. 2:30 p.m. Line dancing for beginners. 3:30 p.m. Line dancing. 503-767-2009

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Library. Repeats 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313

Cribbage and Lessons, 11 a.m.,

Santiam Senior Center. Noon, Sack lunch. 1 p.m., Hand and Foot. 503767-2009

Senior Meals, noon. First Presbyterian

Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Volunteers needed. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204

Tai Chi, 10 a.m, Santiam Senior Center. 12:30 p.m. Pinochle. Both repeat Fridays. 503-767-2009

Computer Lessons, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30

p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Sign-ups required. 12:30 p.m. Cascade Country Quilters. 503-767-2009

Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only,

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Thursday Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30

p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459

Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861


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10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Weddle Funeral Services, 1777 N Third Ave., Stayton. Celebrating 100 years serving the community. Refreshments, door prizes, tours, historical memorabilia. 503-769-2423

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5 p.m., Stayton High. Fifth annual Father Daughter Ball for father and 4- to 18-yearold daughters. Photos, snacks, drank, dessert games, dancing. $20 per person. Available at

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6 p.m., Santiam High. Fun-filled family night featuring Disney songs, characters coming to life. Silent auction, gifts for kids wearing Disney costumes, surprise appearance by Disney character. Refreshments offered by International Club. Donations at door appreciated. Sponsored by Santiam Hearts to Arts.

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

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Tracy Herrold Honored 6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Former teacher Tracy Herrold included into SES Hall of Fame. Herrold spent 34 years teaching in North Santiam School District. Open to public. Refreshments served. 503-769-2336

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Noon, The Red Apple, 333 N Second Ave., Stayton. Secret Sister program in effect, call Margie, 503-859-3119, to get name. New members, guests welcome.

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

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Nana’s Naughty Knickers 7 p.m., The Little Red Schoolhouse, 151 Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theater presents Nana’s Naughty Knickers. $15 adults, $12 seniors, students with ID. Tickets at, at door. Repeats 7 p.m. May 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 2 p.m. May 7, 15, 21.503-385-6653

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

9 a.m. – noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Repeats May 16. 503-769-5381

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Odd Fellows Bingo 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats May 16.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. New, used household items, clothes. Benefits church’s mission. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 6.

Star Wars Party 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Enjoy Star Wars-themed snack, activities. Costumes encouraged. Grade 6 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Pre-eclipse Event 7 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Jennifer Godfrey of Oregon State Parks provides information on August eclipse. Free. Open to public. 503-859-2167

Sunday, May 7 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 9 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

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. Agenda available. 503-897-2302

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

VFW Meeting 7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary meet. All veterans are eligible to join. VFW also meets May 23. John Koger, 503-743-3117

Wednesday, May 10 Mom to Mom 9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Mom to Mom is for mothers of children ages birth to six years old. Meet other moms, share stories.

Lyons Garden Club 11:30 p.m., Stayton Park N Ride. Annual field trip. 11:30 meet at Park N Ride. First stop 12:30 p.m. lunch at Macleay Country Inn. After lunch, visit Godfrey Nursery Inc., Aumsville, and Wavra Farms & Nursery, Salem. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 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

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

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4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Create, explore circuits using conductive playdough. Free. Best for third grade and older. 503-769-3313

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

Saturday, May 13 Birding & Wildflower Festival 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park, 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. 39th annual Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival. Enjoy bird watching, native plant display, guided hikes, photography, plant sale. $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Repeats May 14. 503-873-0201

Sunday, May 14 Mother’s Day Monday, May 15 Friends of the Library 11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive 1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or Carolyn Sunderman, 503-580-8318, or visiting Walk-ins scheduled at door.

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The Great American Eclipse 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Chemeketa astronomy instructor Chris Claysmith talks on history, geometry of eclipses, why 2017 eclipse may be once-in-lifetime event, how Stayton is prime viewing location. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

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

Thursday, May 18 Young Professionals Meet-Up 8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464

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

Monday, May 22 Random Reader’s Book Club 3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Meet other eager readers of chapter books. Read, share books, snacks, art projects. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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6 a.m. - 4 p.m., Detroit Lake. Also runs 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. May 14 & 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 15. Prizes awarded at 3 p.m. May 15; must be present to win. Adults $15. Children 13 and under $8. Register at

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St. Mary Twilight Run 6:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Third annual Twilight Run/Walk. 5K & 3K races. Preregistration: $20 adults, $10 children 14 and under, family cap $50. Day-of registration: $30 adults, $15 children. Register at stayton/stmarys5k.

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Wednesday, May 17

2 - 3 p.m., St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 721 NE Chemeketa St., Salem. Auction, lunch, walk benefitting Michael the Archangel & St. Germaine pregnancy support centers in Salem. 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. silent auction. Noon - 2 p.m. lunch. 503-581-2229

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Flea market, lunch. Free parking.

OSU Alumni Day of Service 9 a.m. - noon, The Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Volunteer to help with projects around the Charles & Martha Brown House. Volunteers should be 12 years and older and need not be OSU alumns. T-shirt, snacks, lunch, tools provided. Call 503-769-8860 to volunteers.

Sunday, May 21 Firefighters Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Pancake, ham, egg breakfast. Benefits volunteer firefighters. $6 adults, $5 seniors 62+ and children 6-12. 5 and under free. 503-769-2601

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

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

Thursday, May 25 How to Dry Foods 6:30 - 8 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. OSU Extension Service and Calvary Lutheran offer Nutrition with Cooking classes. Learn strategies for eating healthier, ways to keep active. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763,

Bad Art Night 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Take a break from pressure, express creativity with no expectations. Adults 18 and older. Free. Register, 503-769-3313, for supply count. 503-769-3313

Friday, May 26 Read to the Dog 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Improve reading skills by reading out loud to therapy dog. Free. 503-769-3313

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Wednesday, May 31 Tea Time for Book Lovers 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adult book discussion group. Free. 503-769-3313

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“This is not anything new,” said Rich Sebens, Stayton police chief. “The cougars travel through the area on a regular basis and have been doing so for the past several hundred years, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We get several sightings of them every year, more so in the spring.”

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According to the ODFW, Oregon is home to more than 5,000 cougars or mountain lions and says while sightings and encounters are rare, learning about the big cats is wise. If an encounter occurs, ODFW suggests the following: stay calm and stand your ground; maintain direct eye contact; leave the animal a way to escape; back away slowly; and don’t turn your back on the cougar. If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

Last October, a cougar was caught on a surveillance camera at a home on Melrose Street in Sublimity.

The sheriff’s office recommends using caution. “If you see the cat, experts say you should stop, maintain eye contact, make yourself look larger, make loud noises and leave the area,” according to an MCSO press release.

“The cougar appeared to be a young one, possibly a juvenile,” said Sr. Deputy Tom Barber, who covers Sublimity for MCSO.

Sebens suggest walking or running with a partner and avoid walking in the woods at night.

Barber reported at the time that, in the surveillance photo, the cougar appeared to be on the resident’s front porch.

Anyone spotting a cougar in the vicinity should report the sighting to MCSO and/or the local police department.

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The wildflowers are blooming and the waterfalls look beautiful. Everything is ready for the 39th Annual Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park Mother’s Day weekend, May 13-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.

Society on the front porch of the Lodge. Bird and wildflower sketching classes will be offered on the hour by professional illustrator, Christine Elder, in the Lodge Courtyard Theater starting at noon. The day ends with a free, live owl presentation “Feathered Hunters, Flying Mothers: Oregon’s Birds of Prey,” by Susan LaFontaine of the Oregon Raptor Center.

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Visitors can enjoy guided wildflower walks, ranging from a ½-mile walk to a more intensive two-mile, two-hour “Walk through the Mist Zone.” Pets are not allowed. Birders can 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, a popular “early bird” walk, a serene afternoon birding walk, and a 7 p.m. evening presentation at the Old Ranch. Guided tours and presentations are free. Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center will host a Raptor Meetand-Greet in the historic CCC Combination Building in the afternoon along with their other rehabilitated animals. Native wildflowers will be on display in the South Falls Lodge. Native plants will be for sale starting at 10 a.m.

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Sports & Recreation

OSAA quagmire?

Local schools concerned about possible changes

These are anxious times for administrators at Stayton and Cascade. The Oregon Schools Activities Association, which is working through its process to reclassify the state’s high schools, has been leaning toward a five-class system for the four-year cycle that starts in 2018. “The reclassification has everyone at Stayton very nervous,” Eagles athletic director Darren Shryock told Our Town.

reduce state competition opportunities by 1/6 by merging six classes into five.

The problem is that in the five-class model, Stayton (enrollment 608) and Cascade (682) would be slotted in Class 4A with much larger schools North Salem (1,404), Silverton (1,149), Wilsonville (1,077) and Woodburn (1,256).

“...It would be very detrimental to schools the size of Stayton if they move to five classes. Competing against schools twice our size has the potential to do real damage to our athletics and our community,” Shryock said.

Both Stayton and Cascade have made their views known to the OSAA, with officials, coaches and community members testifying at committee meetings. The outpouring appears to have had some effect. The latest update includes both five- and six-class options.

Committee members have cited travel benefits, greater depth in classes and a more sustainable system as their reasons for examining the five-class approach.

According to Cascade athletic director Heidi Hermansen, the current six-class system has not proven to be broken. “We have parity across the classification for state finalists, the majority of schools are happy with the leagues that we are a part of (and) we have competitive balance in our leagues and across the classification in all sports,” Hermansen said, citing winter surveys of Class 4A and Class 3A schools. Hermansen stressed that with statewide enrollment increasing it makes no sense to

The committee met April 24 after Our Town’s deadline. It also has meetings scheduled for May, June and September. A final decision is set for October. Track and field: Regis High is hosting its fifth Community Twilight meet at 3 p.m. May 5. More than 800 athletes from 34 schools are scheduled to participate. The event raises funds to help pay for a “top coat” for the track via gate receipts, entry fees from the schools and sponsorships of the 34 events. Health care professionals from Santiam Hospital will be honored during the opening ceremony. Baseball update: Regis is undefeated in

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the Tri-River Conference and ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by the OSAA. “Things are going well, veteran coach Don Heuberger told Our Town. “We are getting steady performances in the pitching department and have improved in getting quality at-bats on a consistent basis. We need to improve defensively but are making strides in that department.” Leading the way for Regis are pitchers Brycen Schumacher, JaVon Logan, Brandon Piete and Bryce Piete. All four move to other positions when not on the mound. Key returnees include outfielders Charlie Gescher and Adam Wiltsey and utility players Tanner Williams and Nate Joyce. The Rams have a 1.5-game lead on Kennedy. They visit the Trojans May 2.

Cascade baseball, meanwhile, is 4-2 in the Oregon West Conference, two games behind leader Philomath. Girls basketball: Tess Hendricks of Stayton has signed to play college ball at Chemeketa Community College. Hendricks, a 5-6 senior guard, averaged 11.8 points and 2.2 assists per game and was a first-team all-Oregon West Conference selection. The Eagles were 8-4 in league play, 13-9 overall and came within one victory of advance to the Class 4A state tournament. “Tess has a chance to have real success at the next level,” coach Shryock said. “She is a smart player, and her love of the game will help her get better and better. We are going to miss her and her leadership.”




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Tuesday, May 2

4 p.m. Stayton vs Madras Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath Girls Tennis

Wednesday, May 3

4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Philomath Baseball 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Yamhill-Carlton Baseball

Thursday, May 4 4:30 p.m. Santiam vs Kennedy Softball, Baseball

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Wednesday, May 10 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs North Marion Baseball 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Philomath Baseball

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4 p.m. Oregon West Conference Track and Field Championships @ Cascade High 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Newport Softball 4:30 p.m. Regis vs Santiam Baseball, Softball

4 p.m. Regis Track and Field Twilight Meet (Regis, Stayton) 4:30 p.m. Stayton vs Cascade Softball 4:30 p.m. Santiam vs St. Paul Softball, Baseball 4:30 p.m. Cascade vs Stayton Baseball 4:30 p.m. Regis vs Central Linn Baseball, Softball

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A Grin at the End

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God, I love newspapers. Not the faint whispers of journalism you see stumbling along these days, but real, robust newspapers packed full of insightful and important things that I need to know. I’m talking about The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. The best, I think, is The Wall Street Journal. It gives me a broad view of what’s going on not only in the U.S. but around the world. Its reporting is, by my lights, fair and comprehensive. You will not find “fake” news – whatever that is – in it. But the best part of a real newspaper is the editorial page, which should be chock full of interesting stuff – letters, columns and editorials spanning the political spectrum. Having written editorials and columns for more than 40 years, I find the editorial page to be the heart of a newspaper and its community. First, a primer on editorials and columns. An editorial is not one person’s opinion. It is the product of the newspaper’s editorial board sitting down and discussing a topic. It does not carry a byline. Sometimes, agreement among the board’s members comes quickly; other times it does not come at all. Sometimes, a conversation with a newsmaker can clarify an issue. Whatever makes it into print has been discussed, argued and vetted so that it represents more than just another opinion; it represents a policy option that readers can rely on. A column, on the other hand, offers the opinion of only

about President Donald Trump you will understand what’s going on – and not going on – in the White House today. No other columnist offers that. Mike Royko isn’t around anymore, but his columns are. He wrote in Chicago and it showed. He could take a subject in that city and make you want to laugh, or cry. Sometimes both.

the author. What you’re reading now is a column. It is my favorite part of any newspaper. A good newspaper will offer a variety of columns and columnists that represent a variety of viewpoints. Over the years, I have developed an “all-star” team of columnists. Some are still around, and some are long gone. Every time I have read one of them I have felt informed, entertained and challenged. I have a better understanding of a topic or an issue. Columnists can be funny, serious or analytical but they must be insightful. Here are my all-stars. Peggy Noonan writes for The Wall Street Journal. Before writing columns, she wrote speeches for President Ronald Reagan, so she brings an insider’s perspective to her work. She also does actual research, something rare among the talking heads on the tube and radio. If you read her columns

Bob Greene is also from Chicago – that city seems to produce more great newspaper writers than anywhere. Every time I read his columns I learn something. As importantly, I feel something. If Noonan, Royko, Goodman and Greene are the main course, I would categorize Dave Barry as the dessert of columnists. Not many people can make me laugh out loud. My kids can. So can my wife. But Barry is one of a kind. He once described Dockers as “pants for the bigger-butted man.” As a Dockers wearer, I knew exactly what he was talking about. He knows what makes people tick, and it shows. All of these folks have published books that are collections of their columns. I suggest a trip to your local library to check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

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