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Vol. 18 No. 5

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Something to Celebrate Mike & Steffani Klein, Philanthropic Champions......................4 Deana Freres, Distinguished Service Award.................5 Covered Bridge Café, Small Business Award...........................6

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Philanthropic Champions By Mary Owen

The Kleins are avid financial supporters of many local nonprofits, including Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Santiam Teen Center, Regis auctions, Sublimity School auctions, Santiam Youth Sports, Covered Bridge Café Community Dinner and many other charities and events.

A Stayton couple has gone above and beyond to serve their community, earning the title of 2020 Philanthropic Champion from the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Nominators called Mike and Steffani Klein “selfless servants” who “truly love their community and walk alongside those hurting by financially supporting the efforts of our neighbors, our businesses and our nonprofits.” “We feel very honored and so much appreciate it,” Mike Klein said of the award. “It was completely unexpected as we usually like to help others as quietly as possible!” The Philanthropic Champion is given to “an individual, business or organization that seeks to support the welfare of our region through a posture of financial generosity, resulting in a lasting, positive impact on our communities.” The Kleins own Cascade Floors, Inc.,

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“We also support local businesses with our business and tried to help as much as we could for the COVID relief efforts as they have come before us with the Chamber of Commerce,” Mike said.

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Julie Hilty, director of business partnerships for Family Building Blocks, said the Kleins “have enriched our community by walking alongside others by being present, volunteering their time, and financially partnering with a number of civic groups, businesses and nonprofits in the Santiam Canyon.” According to Rotarian Jennifer Tiger, last May when the COVID-19 shutdown started to affect local businesses, Stayton Area Rotary partnered with the chamber to create a Small Business Relief Fund.

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“Rotary contributed the first $15,000, and we asked the community for matching donations,” Tiger said. “Within hours of announcing the creation of the fund, Mike and Steffani Klein very generously offered to match all contributions. As a result, the Chamber/ Rotary Small Business Relief was able to give over $90,000 to businesses struggling to comply with new governmental regulations. Currently, the Kleins are helping with the benefit dinner/auction “The Heart of the Canyon,” on Aug. 28 to raise money for the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund and the Detroit Lake Foundation. To motivate others, Steffani said, “Get connected and put yourself in the mix of things needing done and others needing help.” “Just remember as you all have heard a million times, we are all in this together, so let’s have each others backs in times of need,” she said.

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Distinguished Service By Melissa Wagoner “Deana is the kind of person who doesn’t like fanfare or attention,” Carmélle Bielenberg, the president and CEO of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber, said of Deana Freres. Freres is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for 2020. “She doesn’t get involved in causes because it adds to her resume or because she might be recognized for her contributions. On the contrary, she advocates, volunteers and fundraises because she has a beautiful heart and is passionate about loving people. She is one of the most humble people I’ve ever had the privilege to know.” So humble that, when Bielenberg – who notifies recipients of their awards – called to tell Freres she had won, Freres tried to talk her into giving the award to someone else. “[H]er first reaction was to start sharing the names of others she felt were more deserving,” Bielenberg said. Because Freres, who sits on a host of boards – including the Stayton Public

Library, Family Building Blocks and the Oregon Community Foundation as well as volunteering for the Santiam Wildfire Relief Fund, the Santiam Teen Center and the YMCA, to name just a few – doesn’t see her contribution as being more deserving of recognition than the countless other volunteers with whom she serves. She just feels grateful.

Deana Freres’ work includes wildfire relief for families with children. “I didn’t know anyone and I was looking for something that was meaningful,” Freres said of her original position as classroom assistant. That later developed into an organization-wide passion. “I really appreciate their mission of working with kids and families and getting in early.”

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“I’m humbled,” she admitted, “after a year like 2020 when so many people have worked so hard…” Originally from Texas, Freres moved to Stayton with her husband Tyler – who grew up in the area – 14 years ago. Raising two sons, currently aged 12 and 14, Freres began her foray into community volunteerism at Family Building Blocks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safety and support

Family Building Blocks appreciates Freres as well. “She has been a constant voice for children in the Canyon specifically, and helped us gain momentum to establish our relief nursery site, Doris’s Place, in Stayton,” Executive Director Patrice Altenhofen said. “Deana’s commitment to strengthening families is awe-inspiring. Her keen business-sense paired with her generosity, grace, and wicked sense of humor make her a true community leader. She gives selflessly to others, and encourages others to do so as well.”

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Instrumental in establishing the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, which has raised over $3 million to provide ongoing support for those impacted by the fires, Freres sees each need within her community as one more way to say yes – something she views as a personal talent. Others view it that way as well. “Deana Freres was instrumental to the beginnings of the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund,” Maggie Hudson, Santiam Hospital President and CEO said. “She brought Santiam Hospital and the Santiam Service Integration Team into the forefront of the efforts. And for that and all of her tremendous efforts, the Santiam Canyon region is entirely grateful to Deana.”

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Students who no longer had access to school-based meals and the linemen and arborists working during the February ice storm also have been the beneficiaries of Covered Bridge generosity. “My core values are based on the community, ” Sessums explained. “The Covered Bridge Cafe is a special place where good food, good service and pleasant atmosphere meet to create an experience you want to make a tradition,” Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast wrote. “Top it off with great people who are truly committed to creating a place where everyone is welcome, and you’ve got something worth raving about. It’s no surprise they’re being recognized with this award.”

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SCTC, the Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co., has been named the 2020 Large Business of the Year award winner by the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.

“As the current president of SCTC, I know that it is our employees who have done the work to get us this award,” Hoefer said. “We have a talented group of dedicated individuals with an impressive amount of experience in the telecommunications industry. These individuals treat our customers the way they want to be treated. All of us at SCTC are continually looking for ways to help our customers have the best experience when using our services or interacting with our organization.”

SCTC also was recognized for contributions to the community in 1997 and 2012. “It is an honor to receive this award and recognition,” said Erik Hoefer, SCTC president. “This past year has been difficult in many ways for the community. The pandemic has changed the way we live and operate our businesses. SCTC has worked very hard to make sure we are providing the services our customers need in a safe and timely manner. Safely interacting with our customers has been at the forefront of our operation for the past year.” Large Business of the Year honors are awarded to a local business having 15 or more employees that provides excellence in products or services, customer service, and is a positive contributor to the local

SCTC started in 1955 with a vision to improve the quality of life and prosperity of its members and customers by providing communication services that are reliable, reasonably priced and tailored to meet customer needs, Hoefer said. SCTC is the area’s local provider for telephone and Internet services, employing 30 people of which 80 percent live in the communities the company serves. SCTC provides high speed Internet,

enhanced telephone, long distance and security services in the Stayton/Sublimity area. Its customers are also its owners and share in the net margins of the company. “SCTC’s community support starts with our board of directors,” Hoefer said. “Our board members live and work in the area. Giving back to the community is a high priority.” Hoefer said SCTC supports a wide variety of local organizations, schools, charities, and events each year, including the chamber, the Santiam Senior Center and many other local entities. The list of organizations the company supports is available at sctcweb.com. “SCTC is both wonderful as a customer and as a community partner,” said Steve Poisson, president of Revitalize Downtown Stayton. “They truly embody the ‘smalltown mentality’ while being a large utility.” SCTC pitches in to help the city by putting up and taking down banners and flower baskets, providing discounted space for the senior center and chamber, and by

sponsoring local events. City Councilor Paige Hook said Stayton is fortunate to have “such a wonderful business.” “SCTC his been a caring community partner for a long time,” Hook said. “Our canyon has been through a lot this last year, and SCTC has gone above and beyond to help get us through a little easier.” As an example, Hook shared how SCTC provided free Wi-Fi hotspots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the library and community center parking lots. Of future steps to better serve consumers, Hoefer said, “SCTC is continuing to build out our fiber to the home network so that we can offer the latest services to all of our customers.” Hoefer encourages everyone to practice kindness and help others when opportunities arise. “Being kind to people you meet does not cost a thing,” he said.

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Rising Star By Mary Owen Earning the title of 2020 Rising Star is Stayton City Councilor Jordan Ohrt.

“I am kind of a ‘Jill of all trades’ as it were,” said Ohrt, a mom of two who also helps her husband run their residential construction company, Hunts and Hanks Construction Co., LLC, and is also a Realtor with John L Scott Real Estate in Salem. The award will formally presented by the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce May 20. Ohrt was elected to the Stayton City Council in 2019. She spent a lot of time at the State Capitol when it was open, and now advocates online for the community and rural value, and ownership by submitting oral and written testimony and meeting with legislators. “I am humbled that others in the community value my voice and recognize the work I am doing for the community,” she said. “Sometimes it feels unseen, but

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“She is passionate about standing up for issues regardless of the loudest voice and works diligently on behalf of those who Ohrt ran for city council to have an opinion but no make a difference. outlet to voice it,” they “I was tired of watching agreed. “She is a true from the sidelines,” she servant leader who is said. “I knew if I didn’t interested in collaboration do it, I couldn’t complain and working together for about how others did it a common good, which if I wasn’t willing to get Jordan Ohrt. SUBMITTED PHOTO outweighs individual involved.” opinions or divisive politics. She values everyone’s opinion and treats Ohrt also participates with Revitalize people with respect regardless.” Downtown Stayton and is an active participant in Oregon’s legislative process, Fellow councilor David Patty said speaking on behalf of “constituents on Ohrt “exemplifies public service in our issues affecting the broader community,” community. She consistently elevates according to the Stayton Sublimity voices who may go unheard due to virtual Chamber of Commerce. meetings.” Nominators called Ohrt a person that Councilor Paige Hook credits Ohrt for “cares for her community, not only to being an advocate for Stayton’s pool, make a name for herself, but to truly parks and library. serve and work for the benefit of our community. “She’s been involved in local events with

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MAY 2021

VOL. 11, ISSUE 2

Organic Gardening

By Brenna Wiegand

The fresh breezes and birdsong of May ring in the major planting time for Mid-Willamette Valley vegetable gardeners.

We now have the green light on planting all but the warm season crops; wait until late May before planting bean, corn, cucumber and melon seeds or putting out transplants of peppers, squash, eggplant and tomatoes. While each little 3-by-4-inch seed packet carries a wealth of information for growing that particular plant, they fail to address perhaps the most burning question on gardeners’ minds these days. While the benefits of growing organically are well known, doing so in one’s own backyard can seem a daunting task. Sure, it’s all well and good until slugs wipe out my basil transplants or the squash is inundated with whitefly! You cannot deny the visible boost my plants get from a little shot of fertilizer... And how in the world am I

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supposed to clear a 100-square-foot patch of weeds so I can plant my vegetables – in just a couple of weeks?

Enter the art of composting – through the kitchen window.

The answers lay in baby steps. Like Rome, no organic gardener was built in a day. Rather, pursuing an allnatural approach is a lifetime journey of discovery fraught with both triumphs and failures.

A compost pile or bin will take your kitchen scraps like moldy bread and banana peels; lawn clippings and shredded leaves; dryer lint, coffee grounds and paper, spinning “black gold” from a real bunch of straw. Did you know that 30 to 50 percent of all household waste is compostable? Composting is a world unto itself that we will likely explore further in these pages to come. Do not expect instant results, but with a little help on your part, as devotees say, “Compost Happens.” It just does.

Organic gardening starts from the ground up – literally. The more complete the soil, the fewer synthetic amendments are required; the greater the health of its plants and the nutrition they supply. Rather than “treat the symptom rather than the disease,” focus on providing your soil with what it needs to become its own ecosystem: a culture where microbes churn away; worms happily create networks of aerating tunnels; good insects feast on weeds seeds and bad bugs and where beneficial fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. What a beautiful symphony!

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devastating countless other helpful critters in their wake. Rather, nature is a slow building-up and breaking-down – a dance demanding of its participants focus, observation – and patience. It helps to look ahead… • To healthier plants that naturally crowd out the weeds and are better equipped to fight off bug and disease attacks; • To delightful new visitors: butterflies, dragonflies, songbirds, ladybugs, praying mantis and others who serve as bouncers to your unwanted guests; and, • To eating vegetables that are free of chemicals – or becoming so by degrees. • To using less water since your soil will become better able to retain moisture. Some simple efforts, such as keeping your garden clean of debris, having well-drained soil and proper watering will eradicate a lot of disease. However, the plethora of organic products and approaches in the here and now can be both baffling and conflicting – is it worth the trouble? No matter what, bad insects and weeds will never be fully under control, and it is up to you to seek out and test specific techniques for dealing with particular problems.

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Do not trust every homemade remedy you hear or read about; such concoctions are sometimes geared less toward a holistic organic approach than as a means of saving money. Garlic oil concoctions, like many synthetic herbicides, are non-selective, meaning they kill beneficial insects – like ladybugs, natural predators of aphids – just as easily as it does the others. Homemade vinegar and salt herbicide sprays can do more damage to the microbes in your soil than chemical fertilizers. Many times the answer can be as simple as taking a spray bottle of water to a gang of aphids or stalking the garden at dusk, plucking bugs from plants and dropping them into a container of soapy water.

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You may choose to experiment with some of the intriguing, old-fashioned methods like companion planting, crop rotation and even planting by the phases of the moon. The better attuned to the rhythms of nature in your garden, you will start noticing the way of things. You will be the first to know that cabbage moths are scouting your seedlings – and have the presence of mind to run down to the fabric store for some cheap tulle with which to drape them!

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If you neglected properly cleaning and storing your garden tools last year, it’s not too late. Halt corrosion, dry, splintery handles and dullness by taking a little time to care for these faithful gardening friends. Remove all soil from metal surfaces: after a stream of water from the hose, remove small soil particles and rust spots with sandpaper, steel wool... whatever is called for. Check all nuts, bolts and screws to be sure they are tight and in top working order. Replace worn or rusty ones. Sharpen the cutting edges of hoes, shovels, pruners, etc., with a file, stone or grinding wheel Wipe all metal parts with an oily rag to help protect from dust and rust and lubricate moving parts. Wash and dry wooden handles; use a wire brush and sand well (preventing slivers) before painting with raw linseed oil (or what’s on hand: motor oil, lamp oil or cooking oil). Let it sit overnight;

keep applying until it feels oily then wipe dry. Some prefer treating them with an exterior varnish. Replace weak and broken handles. Try to store your tools off the floor, preferably on a rack or hanging by nails. You can fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand and oil to dip tools in after each use. Consider putting an identification mark on all tool handles, brightly colored in case you misplace it in your own garden. Gather hoses and nozzles for cleaning and repair; don’t forget new washers. Make sure the lawnmower is tuned up and ready to go. Clean out all matted grass above and below. Remove rotary blades and have them sharpened. If you didn’t do so last fall, drain the oil from the crankcase and refill it immediately. Check the spark plug, cleaning or replacing it as needed. Oil any moving parts and completely wipe the machine down with an oily rag.

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in beans and lettuce, maggot in radishes. Control can involve hand removal, placing barrier screen over newly planted rows, or spraying or dusting with registered pesticides, labeled for use on the problem plant. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

PLAN & PREPARE Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer. Place pheromone traps in apple trees to detect presence of codling moth. Plan a control program of sprays, baits, or predators if found.

Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and potato indicate flea beetle attack. Treat with Neem, tBt-s, or use nematodes for larvae. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

If needed, fertilize rhododendrons and azaleas with acid-type fertilizer. If established and healthy, their nutrient needs should be minimal. Remove spent blossoms. PLANT Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May. Plant chrysanthemums for fall color. When selecting new roses, choose plants labeled for resistance to diseases. Fertilize roses and control rose diseases such as mildew with a registered fungicide. Plant most vegetables now; check with local gardeners. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Wait until the soil is consistently above 70 degrees F to plant tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers and eggplant.

Prevent root maggots when planting cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale), by covering with row covers or screens, or by applying appropriate insecticides. PUT PESTS OUT Manage weeds while small and actively growing with light cultivation or

herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective. Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear. Leaf-rolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves. Monitor aphids on strawberries and ornamentals. If present, control options include washing off with water, hand removal, or using registered insecticides labeled for the problem plant. Follow all label directions. Promoting natural enemies (predators and parasitoids that eat or kill insects) is a longer-term solution for insect control in gardens.

Monitor rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and other broadleaf ornamentals for adult root weevils. Look for fresh evidence of feeding (notching at leaf edges). Try sticky trap products on plant trunks to trap adult weevils. Protect against damaging the bark by applying the sticky material on a 4-inch wide band of poly sheeting or burlap wrapped around the trunk. Mark plants now and supply beneficial nematodes when soil temps are above 55 degrees F. If root weevils are a consistent problem, consider removing plants and choosing weevil-resistant varieties. Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Spittlebugs may appear on ornamental plants as foam on stems. In most cases, they don’t require management. If desired, wash off with water or use insecticidal soap as a contact spray. Read and follow label directions.

Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Always identify and monitor problems before acting. First, consider cultural controls; then physical, biological and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Always consider the least-toxic approach first.

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Bill Whitney passed away at Salem Hospital on April 5, 2021. He was preceded in death by wife June (Hampton) Whitney; parents, William and Oletha Whitney; brothers, Jack, Archie, and Harold; and sister, Margie. He is survived by sister, Judy (Neal) Irving; children, Joe (Cindy) Whitney, Susan (Randy) Budlong, Rita (Terry) Lockrem, Rosie (Verlyn) Aerni, and Cindy (Max) Bilyeu. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Bill was born on June 10, 1931 in Prosser, Washington. When he was a boy, he realized that strawberries were in season on his birthday. His mom started making strawberry shortcake for him every year. This tradition continued throughout his entire life. Bill also made his mother’s recipe of homemade noodles with chicken for the family to enjoy on his birthday

each year. Bill grew up on a farm which cemented his love for animals. He would later work on a dairy but had many other jobs throughout the years. He was a logger, a construction worker, and a cookware salesman. He drove an ice cream truck and owned a small Shake Mill business. He also had a trampoline business, The business he loved the most was his Christmas tree business. He sold trees in and around Palm Desert, California for over 60 years. About five years ago, while working on his tree farm, he had a stroke. His kids took 24 hour shifts for four years, caring for him in his home. On year five, his health deteriorated further. He then moved into the long term care facility at Tierra Rose in Salem. He passed away just two months shy of his 90th birthday. We were looking forward to having his traditional strawberry shortcake and homemade noodles.

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Tuesday

Virtual Storytime, 10 a.m., Zoom. Stayton Public Library will send email the morning of to those registered. Register: staytonoregon.gov/page/ library_storytime Wildfire Recovery Support Group, 5:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Provided by Marion County Health and Human Services. Open to all. RSVPs needed to plan for food. Melissa Lu, 503-509-3177

Wednesday

Virtual Chamber Chat, 8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. https:// fb.me/e/56ngrYhQ6. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

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Aumsville Food Pantry, 1 - 6 p.m., Pentecostal Church, 10153 Mill Creek Road. Food Pantry. 971-710-5665

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12:30 - 1 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St., Aumsville; Cloverdale Elementary, 9666 SE Parrish Gap Road, Turner; Turner Elementary, 7800 School Ave., Turner.

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11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Children do not have to be present. Locations: Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave.; Stayton High, 757 W Locust St.; Sublimity School, 376 E Main St.; Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons.

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Saturday, May 1 May Day

Leave a paper basket or cone with spring flowers and sweets anonymously on someone’s doorstep. This tradition was popular through the 19th and 20th centuries, especially with children or sweethearts. The custom is to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and then run.

Wednesday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo

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Oregon Crafters Market

11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Entertainment is provided by Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager at 1 p.m. and Syco Billy´s String Band from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. May 2 with entertainment from 2:30 - 5 p.m. by SandLynn. oregoncraftersmarket.com

World Labyrinth Day

1 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Celebrate World Labyrinth Day and take steps for peace. A brief explanation of the Peace Walk on the labyrinth is at 12:45 p.m. Free. To register, call Sister Beyer, 503-845-2556.

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7 - 9 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Blues music by Tom Gilberts. 503-767-2337

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Friday, May 7

Cascade FFA Plant Sale

9 a.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Plant Science and Agriculture students sell hanging baskets, veggie starts, Cascade football helmet planters. Repeats May 8.

Crazy Daze

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., downtown Silverton. City-wide bargains, sidewalk sales, crazy activities. Music, shopping. Repeats 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. May 8, noon - 5 p.m. May 9.

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sublimity Fire Department, 115 NW Parker St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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3 p.m. YouTube. Willamette Master Chorus presents Sacred Music at Mount Angel Abbey. Concert is available online at willamettemasterchorus.org. Repeats May 16.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 NE Marion St., Turner. Registration $15 per car. Concession open at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Benefits the Cascade High 2021 senior all-night party. Food, drawings, silent auction and food. Features DJ Russ Strohmeyer.

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6 p.m., YouTube. Budget document will be posted on the Finance Department´s Budget page on or after May 4. For a hard copy, contact city staff at cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us. Open to public. Online: youtu.be/I7NGI9kOPt0.

Tuesday, May 4

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Spaghetti Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert, beverage. $9. Limited seating. Available to go. Masks, social distancing required. 503-859-2161

Sunday, May 9 Mother´s Day

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Monday, May 10 Stayton Budget Committee

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Live stream on YouTube: https://youtu. be/qPMV8fDAiR0. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

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7 p.m., Teleconference. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-769-5475. cityofsublimity.org

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Login information: 503-749-2030. aumsville.us

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Login information: 503-769-2601. Staytonfire.org

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Login information: 503-859-2410, lyonsrfd.org

Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. Limited in-person seating. Meeting on Zoom. Meeting ID: 862 1928 5441. Passcode: KC8U86. 503-859-2366

Tuesday, May 11 Ancesty Detectives

10 a.m., Zoom. Dave Duncan leads discussion on using tax records for genealogical research. jdstew@frontier. com, ancestrydetectives.org

Stayton Budget Committee

6 p.m., YouTube. Budget document posted on the Finance Department´s Budget page. For a hard copy, contact at cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us. Open to public. Online: youtu.be/lmOm3--RrDQ.

RDS Board

6 p.m. Join Revitalize Downtown Stayton in a virtual board meeting. Open to public. Email info@downtownstayton.com for login instructions prior to meeting. downtownstayton.org, 503-767-2317

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. 503749-8010, cascade.k12.or.us

Wednesday, May 12 Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by North Santiam School District. http://https://us02web. zoom.us/j/89530234634. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call by contacting Julie Mendez at 503304-3432, julie.mendez@nwsds.org. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability.

Stayton Budget Committee

6 p.m., YouTube. Budget document posted on the Finance Department´s Budget page. For a hard copy, contact cityofstayton@ci.stayton.or.us. Open to public. Online: youtu.be/rjStn4PlyrU.

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Thursday, May 13

Mari-Linn Kindergarten Meet & Greet

5:30 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons. Registration packets are available in the school office. 503-859-2154

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. For meeting login, call 503-930-8202.

Aumsville Fire District

6:30 p.m. Conference Call. Open to public. For information for joining the meeting, call 503-749-2894. aumsvillefire.org

Saturday, May 15 Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Collectibles, crafts. Cheeseburger/hamburger lunch to go only. Masks and social distancing required. 503-859-2161

Silverton Pet Parade

10 a.m. Silverton (Marion County COVID-19 risk level permitting.) All types of pets welcome. No registration or fee to participate. Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. on Coolidge and Apple streets. Parade travels down Coolidge Street, along Main Street to First Street, ending at the old Eugene Field School. More info at silvertonpetparade.com

Bethel Clothing Closet

10 a.m. - noon, Bethel Baptist Church, 645 Cleveland St., Aumsville. Clothing from newborn to 2x. Free. 503-749-2128

Monday, May 17 Tax Day

Tax Day is the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. This year’s returns must be postmarked no later than May 17.

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Stayton City Council

7 p.m. YouTube. Open to public. Agenda available. Live stream https://youtu.be/ TAnHd3kskuc.503-769-3425. staytonoregon.gov

Wednesday, May 19 Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by Ashley Wingett The McLeod Group. http://https://us02web. zoom.us/j/89530234634. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Thursday, May 20

Monday, May 24

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. May move to Zoom. 503-769-6924, nsantiam.k12.or.us

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503749-2030, aumsville.us

Aumsville Planning Commission

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Login information at cityoflyons. org. 503-859-2167

NSSD Board

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to the public. Agenda available. Call for login information. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Saturday, May 22 Linn County Lamb & Wool Fair

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Scio. Events include Lamb Trot 5K run/walk, porch parade, tractor show, Fat Lamb Fiber Arts Show, vendors, food trucks, youth sheep show. Find a complete lineup at lambfair.com.

The Sound Guise @ Snow Peak

7 - 9 p.m., Snow Peak Brewing, 280 E Water St., Stayton. Music by The Sound Guise. 503-767-2337

Sunday, May 23

Food Truck Gathering

Noon - 6 p.m., corner of First and Water street, Stayton. Have lunch, dinner at area food trucks.

Aumsville City Council

Tuesday, May 25 Lyons City Council

Wednesday, May 26 Virtual Chamber Chat

8:30 a.m. Zoom. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by Ashley Wingett The McLeod Group. http://https://us02web. zoom.us/j/89530234634. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Aumsville Fire Department, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

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Stayton boys soccer dominates Class 4A

The Stayton High boys soccer turned in a sterling three-game run through the Class 4A state tournament and took home its second state title with a 4-1 win vs. Phoenix at Sutherlin on April 10. The top-seeded Eagles won the three games in five days, downing visiting Marshfield 5-1 on April 6 and traveling to Bend to blank Ontario 1-0 in the semifinals. “We were healthy going into the tournament which helped a lot,” coach Chris Shields told Our Town. “We had also played three games in five days during the season, prepping for what we thought the state tournament would look like. [I] wanted to have our kids minds and bodies ready for this.” Shields also won an OSAA Class 4A title in 2010 and took second in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019. This year’s COVID tournament featured an 8-team bracket of the six 4A league champs and

a battle for fifth place in Class 4A. Cascade finished 3-3, but the losses were to No. 2 Marist Catholic, No. 5 Banks and Class 6A Canby.

two at-large teams rather than the usual 16-team bracket because the competition had to conclude in one week. “Overall they played well all season,” said Shields, whose team finished 12-0 with a 60-5 goals edge. “We had a ton of talent return from last season. We had a lot of players on the roster who played in multiple state championships, so we were up to the challenge.   “So many players stepped up and played great. We return a lot of great talent next year, so we are hoping for yet another run at the final.”  Cascade football: The Cougars’ season ended with a 56-28 loss at Banks in

Coach Brandon Bennett noted that his squad rallied from a 21-6 deficit to within 28-20 against Banks but then “our next five drives went fumble, fumble, fumble, pick and pick.”   “You cannot make as many mistakes as we did against good teams. The best part about that game is the hunger our kids now have. Off-season lifting has already started and the kids are excited for the fall. “We return 20 of 22 starters. So for us it is awesome to know we play again in a few months.” Bennett, meanwhile, is staying busy by coaching the golf team and also is getting married this summer. Volleyball: Another sign that Class 4A

was going to work like heck to make it a normal season is that the Oregon West Conference selected an all-league team. Senior Carly-Rose Lederer of Stayton make the second team, as did Cascade’s Lucretia Benolken. Stayton ‘s Olivia Atiyeh, Maddy Mitzel and Mary Weitman earned honorable mention, as did Jadyn Daviscourt, Cami Oliva and Annebelle Peterson of Cascade. Baseball: Stayton has added a veteran assistant baseball coach, Don Heuberger, who won a pair of Class 2A state titles and more than 700 games in a career that included 28 years at Regis. Heuberger is assisting long-time friend Steve Salisbury of the Eagles. Track and field: Stayton is in line to host the OWC district meet on Friday, May 14, Eagles athletic director Darren Shryock says, subject, as always, to Marion County’s COVID risk level. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Sports Datebook Monday, May 3 Girls Golf 11 a.m. Stayton vs Regis @ Santiam Golf Course Baseball 3:30 p.m. Sweet Home @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Philomath 4:30 p.m. Regis @ East Linn Christian

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Blanchet Catholic @ Stayton

Tuesday, May 4 Softball 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Sheridan

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Stayton @ Blanchet Catholic

Wednesday, May 5 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Newport @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Central Linn

Softball 4:30 p.m. Sisters @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Casade @ Colton 4:30 p.m. Scio @ Regis

Softball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Sweet Home 4:30 p.m. Philomath @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Santiam @ Regis Friday, May 7 Girls & Boys Track & Field 3 p.m. Regis Twilight

Girls & Boys Track & Field 3:30 p.m. Stayton @ Sweet Home

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Newport

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Woodburn 4:30 p.m. Sisters @ Cascade 4:30 p.m. Monroe @ Regis Softball 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Newport 4:30 p.m. Portland Adventist @ Regis

Softball 4:30 p.m. Stayton @ Philomath 4:30 p.m. Woodburn @ Cascade

Thursday, May 6 Girls & Boys Track @ Field 4 p.m. Regis @ Jefferson

Monday, May 10 Girls Golf 11 a.m. Regis @ Santiam Golf Course

Tuesday, May 11 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Banks @ Stayton

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Regis @ Jefferson 5 p.m. Stayton @ Banks

Wednesday, May 12 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Woodburn @ Stayton 4:30 p.m. Cascade @ Sisters

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A Grin at the End

Duck-duck-boom

Ideas to solve the world’s problems

It’s been a busy year for the researchers here at Sampson Laboratories (motto: You can never do too much useless stuff).

things up with a duck call built into your mask. This would be especially good for trips to quiet places like the library. In a room with dozens of people wearing masks, finding the one with the duck call would be all but impossible.

One of our intrepid scientists is coming up with an easier way to make carbon fiber parts for airplanes. I’m not really sure how it was supposed to work but I think it involves using Bungee cords to tie 40 microwave ovens to the plane’s wing and using the “defrost” mode. As Elon Musk says, “Every time we blow something up we learn something.” That being the case, we’re learning lots of stuff. My latest initiative – that’s researcher talk – is developing a device that will immediately put out forest fires. After last year, boy howdy, do we need something like that. Sending bunches of people into the forest with shovels just isn’t getting it done. That’s where the Water Bomb comes into play. I can’t go into details because the patent hasn’t yet been granted, but it involves a weather balloon, a helicopter and a stick of dynamite. I’m looking forward to testing it this summer – and so are the neighbors. Like every other researcher worth his – or her – pocket protector, we’ve been up to our beakers in COVID-19. While Big Pharma has hogged the spotlight with their

so-called vaccines, we at Sampson Laboratories were developing a cure for it. Instead of using a bunch of drugs and stuff, we decided to go the metaphysical route. It involved closing our eyes really tight and wishing COVID would go away. I personally tried it, because so many politicians were trying the same thing. It didn’t work, but no matter. I should have known that politics and science don’t mix. Other COVID-related experiments were much more successful. Most people don’t like masks, right? What if I could invent a mask that was actually useful – beyond keeping viruses out, I mean. With the right design, those pesky masks could be used for all sorts of things. For one, if you’re in a meeting that gets to be even more boring than usual, you could liven

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