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By Peggy Savage A sense of small-town rural community may be one of the most desirable aspects of life in Aumsville that is drawing new residents to town. City Administrator Ron Harding said Aumsville has seen an influx of new families since new residential construction has been underway. “We welcome new residents regularly to Aumsville,” Harding said. “The community is close to major Oregon cities, but at the same time offers a more rural setting that is desirable. I also believe that our community values of creating a great place to live and supporting families are something that attracts new residents.” Homes in Aumsville are seeming to sell quickly in today’s economy, and the 85-lot Flowers Meadows subdivision is building up fast. “The Flowers Meadows development is an extension of our newer home development on the east side of town, and as such is a very attractive area for new residents that do not want to purchase an

older home,” Harding said. “The builders within this development usually pre-sell, and they have pulled permits for all of the lots, which would lead me to believe that they are selling quickly.” Several smaller developments for new residential construction are also underway on the west side of the city, including four homes currently under construction on Del-Mar and a 12-home development on Clover Court. Also, there is a 172unit apartment complex that’s been approved but is not yet under construction. Harding said Aumsville has seen a lot of interest in residential development. “We have had more building permits ‘pulled’ since Jan. 1 of this year than in the previous five years,” he said.

One of the Flowers Meadows homes under construction in Aumsville.

At the same time, the city is limited to the remainder of residential property available inside the current Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). “The city’s inventory is low, and we are currently in a process that will lead to expanding our UGB and city


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“There are many options for our community,” he said. “I do not see the need, or even the desire, to create an additional access point from Aumsville, as there are four different accesses to the community, and each can get you to Highway 22,” he said. In any community, impacts to local schools and traffic is an issue.

“So far, the city isn’t experiencing any major congestion areas, although ... we will need to keep an eye on traffic patterns and adjust accordingly.” Having said that, Marion County also has input on development that impacts the county roads, or along a county road, he said.

“As you know, we all share Cascade High School, so increases in population are, most likely, steady across the district,” he said.

“I see a lot of positive potential in Aumsville for not only development opportunities, but for development to have a positive impact on our community,” Harding said. “It’s important for current residents and the city council that our community continues to be a great place to live for current and new residents.”

“Of course, internal city traffic is all relative, and again, because we are bordered by county roads and these roads are access points to Highway 22, Turner, Salem and Stayton’s growth in any of these communities, and or in the county, increases traffic volumes within the city,” he said.

In the past year, the city has received grants to upgrade one of its parks, to build a pocket park, to help purchase two new

Harding said local developers pay an impact fee directly to the school district to help provide new facility construction.

To that end, he said Aumsville prioritizes summer and family events and parks and is working to upgrade critical systems within the city to provide a high quality of life and sustainable future for everyone to enjoy.  

police vehicles, and to repair a failing road. “We have also received some park land donations adding four acres to Porter Boone Park,” Harding said. “The city has implemented a new forecasting tool to provide sustainable budget planning for the future, and we are looking to revise our commercial development codes to assist a business that wants to locate here.” The city has also prioritized public safety by providing 24/7 law enforcement coverage, he said, adding Aumsville was named the fourth safest city in Oregon this year.   “These may not all seem directly related to development,” he said. “But in fact, supporting a high quality of life requires that the city work at all levels to provide amenities and services that are needed and wanted by those who call Aumsville their home. This is at the heart of our model – a great place to live.”


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Living three decades in Oregon alerted Jack Stillwell to the prospect of the “big one.”

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“Eventually, there will be a great earthquake which may disrupt roads, electrical services, food supplies, and cause many deaths and injuries in damaged structures,” said Stillwell, a military veteran, victim advocate, and member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. “I have always been interested in preparedness.” At Stayton’s SummerFest in 2016, Stillwell encountered a booth with information about Marion County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He is now involved with the new Santiam Canyon CERT effort. “As a new CERT, we have three active members, and two of those are the assigned program managers,” said Stillwell, program manager with Ed Doak. “This is normal for a new CERT and will change as we offer the CERT basic training course in the Santiam

counties, the State Parks Dept., Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. The complexity of this situation has required that two volunteer managers be assigned to the area.”

Marion County CERT deployed 12 members to Detroit to check on residents in their homes during the heavy snows of January 2017.

Canyon and East Marion County, and people volunteer to be active members.” Santiam Canyon CERT covers all of Marion County east of Lyons/Mehama as well as the small portion of Linn County that lies along Highway 22 and the North Santiam River in the Santiam Canyon,

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Santiam High School freshmen just wrapped up this year’s career pathway program designed to open their eyes and minds to a variety of jobs, including military, culinary, marketing and even teaching.

“Students within this class are able to relate to these adult mentors and see that intimidating careers, like being a doctor or surgeon-tech, are possible with hard work and the connections that they are making,” she said. “These Santiam Canyon students have genuine respect for adults in this program.”

“The program currently works to expose 40 freshmen youth to a variety of career pathways and soft skills through 10 weeks of professional speakers and five weeks of industry tours that align to their career goals and interests,” said Kelly Noack, outreach coordinator with OSU Extension Service, Marion County. OSU partners with Santiam GROW-EDC and the North Santiam School District to provide close-up views of such areas as healthcare, social services, arts, construction, business, engineering, computer sciences, and more, Noack said.

As part of Debbie Fawcett’s advisor class for all freshmen, participating students created a personal education plan, using the Career Information Systems through the University of Oregon and other online resources.

district to help students engage with career paths that are meaningful to them.” Fawcett credits McKenzie and Noack for the career connections they bring to the program, exposing students to experiences that otherwise may not have happened. “Allison and Kelly also put a lot of work into our field trips, and our students are the ‘lucky beneficiaries’ of that hard work,” Fawcett said. Students interested in juvenile justice and social work had a chance to engage with professionals at Oregon Youth Authority, the Marion County Detention Center and Boys & Girls Club in Salem, McKenzie said.

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Other field trips included visits to Focus Heating & Cooling to learn about HVAC systems; Modern Building Systems to see its manufacturing process; and Stayton Builders Mart to listen to contractor Chris Roberts on how the company supports the work of contractors.

“It’s really clear how dedicated teachers and staff are in this high school,” McKenzie said. “I think we would find that in all of the high schools in our area, but through this program we get to witness it first-hand. Teachers and staff work really hard to make sure no one slips through the cracks.”

“In early June, students interested in the arts, will be visiting Western Oregon University campus to learn more about their arts programs as well as dorm life and other aspects of life at a small public university,” McKenzie said. “We’re particularly excited about this trip as this more intimate school environment is just the ticket for some young people who would feel lost on large campuses like OSU and U of O.” A primary motivation for continuing the program next year, she said, “is encapsulated in a comment made after one field trip last year: ‘Thank you for helping us try and get somewhere in life.’ “We know that our investment of time, money and energy in these students is going to pay off, not only for them, but for their families and the communities they call home,” McKenzie said. “We believe that getting these kids out of town opens their eyes to possibilities beyond their immediate horizon, and by focusing on

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


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


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


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


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


Saturday Open House, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Open arts and crafts session. Local artists may be on hand to demonstrate their trade. Impromptu music sessions. Free; donations welcome. 503-897-6397 Front Porch Art, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Local artists share, demonstrate art. Light refreshments. Free. 503-510-2333


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

Friday, June 1

9 a.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Annual fun run and health walk. 5K walk, 3K, 5K, 10K runs. $10 registration at santiamhospital. org by May 31. Music, food, beverages, face painting, bouncy house.

1 - 6 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. To schedule appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, sponsor code “Aumsville Fire,” or contact Trish at

Barefoot in the Park

7 p.m., Little Red School House, 151 W Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre production. $15 general admission, $12 students, seniors, $8 youth. Repeats 7 p.m. June 2, 8, 9, 15, 16; 2 p.m. June 3, 10, 17. Tickets at door,

Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, June 2 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Turner Elementary School, 7800 School St. Marion County Lamb & Wool Show featuring 4H, FFA events, craft and food vendors, plants for sale. Free admission, parking. For information and schedule, visit marioncountylambandwoolshow., Facebook “Marion County Lamb and Wool Show,” Jula Galvin, 503-743-2744,

St. Boniface Museum

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

Stayton Lions Club

Saturday Market

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats June 19. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

Screaming Eagle Car Show

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

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 789 N Third Ave., Stayton. Outdoor vendor market. Lora, 503-881-3133 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton High. Car show, vendors, music, drawings, silent auction, food carts. Hosted by Stayton High Music Department. Free admission. Diane, 503-930-2388

Dinner and Broadway

5:30 p.m., Odd Fellows, 844 S First St., Mill City. Spaghetti dinner followed by Santiam Canyon Community Chorus 7 p.m. performance of old and new Broadway hits. New Generation Barbershop Quartet, Three Prunes and a Plum! debuts. Dinner is $4 for children 8 and under, $8 for everyone else. Show is free. Sherri, 503-593-6736

Sunday, June 3

Red Cross Blood Drive

Lamb & Wool Show

Santiam Hospital Fun Run

Dinner and Broadway

4 p.m., Rising Star Studio, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. Spaghetti dinner followed by Santiam Canyon Community Chorus 6 p.m. performance of old and new Broadway hits. New Generation Barbershop Quartet, Three Prunes and a Plum! perform. Dinner is $4 for children 8 and under, $8 for everyone else. Show is free. Sherri, 503-593-6736

Monday, June 4 Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, June 5 Small Steps, Big Results

8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Event for entrepreneurs, nonprofits to celebrate successes, clarify priorities, map out action plan. All welcome. Free. Presented by Grow EDC. Allison, 503-871-5188,

Odd Fellows Bingo

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Wednesday, June 6 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton. Hosted by Pacific Power. 503-769-3464

Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Poppa Al’s, 198 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Celebrate Valorie Baxter’s birthday. Contact hostess Alice Wilson, 503-897-2223, for reservations.

Stro’s Cruise-In

5 - 8:30 p.m., A&W, 1215 W Washington St., Stayton. Classic cars, music, prizes. Repeats June 20. Russ, 503-930-8976

Mill City Lions Club

6:30 p.m., Mountain Edge Cafe, 320 NW Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Repeats June 20. Sandy, 503-551-2645

Cascade High Graduation 7 p.m., Cascade High.

Thursday, June 7 Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Coloring Group

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Evening of coloring, relaxation. Supplies provided. Age 12 - adult. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Friday, June 8 Stayton High Graduation

7 p.m., Salem Armory, 2320 NE 17th St.

Santiam High Graduation 8 p.m., Santiam High.

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Saturday, June 9 Second Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Seasonal produce, yard art, home decor. Food trucks. Second Saturdays through September. Vendor applications at 503-749-2030

Under the Sea Ball

5 - 7:30 p.m., Stayton High. Santiam Canyon Father Daughter Ball. $20 per ticket, includes dancing, snacks, games, goody bag. Benefits Stayton Public Library Foundation. Tickets at

Sunday, June 10 Regis High Graduation 1:30 p.m., Regis High.

Victor Point Community Reunion

2 - 5 p.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Road, Silverton. Learn history of families who settled in Victor Point community, share memories. Bring a dessert to share. 503-873-8441

Monday, June 11 Stayton Summer Reading Program

Summer reading sign-ups at Stayton Public Library begin today. Infants adults. Drop by the library, 515 N First Ave., or visit

Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

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

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Stayton Fire District

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

Tuesday, June 12 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

Mill City Council

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

Cascade School Board

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

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. Repeats June 26. 503-769-5792

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Wednesday, June 13 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Willamette Collision Center, 180 W Hollister St., Stayton. 503-769-3464

Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Talk on care, planting of roses by Sue Sutton. Hostesses Jeannie Brundidge, Valorie Baxter. Open to public. New members welcome. John, 503-508-5913

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person with dementia. 503-304-3432

Friends of the Library

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Rock the Blocks!

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

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, June 19

Friday, June 22 Summer Kickoff Party

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Lip sync battles, games. Free; no registration necessary. Student entering grades 6 - 12. 503-769-3313

Saturday, June 23 Violins in Contrast

2 - 4:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Violinist Mark Babson, fiddler Truman Price present program of many genres of music written for violin. Tickets are $12.50; available at brownhouse,org. Benefits rehabilitation, events at Brown House. 503-769-8860

Monday, June 25

Cascade Service Integration Team

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Thursday, June 14 Flag Day N. Santiam Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between service,civic, nonprofit, churches providing resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319,

DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Design painted rock. Age 12 and up. Free. Register at library. 503-769-3313.

Saturday, June 16 Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts, treasures, bake sale. Lunch served. Free admission, parking. Jesse, 503-859-2161

Handcrafted Art Fair

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Artisans from display creative work. Pottery demonstrations. Drawings, shaved ice truck. Barbara, 503-884-9189

Father’s Day Car Show

12 - 4 p.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St. Car show, live entertainment, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, bake sale. Registration at noon. 503-769-3499

Dad’s Night Out

Sunday, June 17 Father’s Day Monday, June 18

7 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Free movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Concessions with popcorn, snacks, pizza. Bring pillow, blanket. 503-749-2894

9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches providing resources for individuals, families in local communities

Financial Workshop

6 - 8 p.m., Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton. Disconnecting your self-worth from your finances. Free. 503-769-3464

American Legion Post 58

6 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to all veterans, public.

Marion Estates Auxiliary

2 p.m., Sloper Cafe, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. 503-769-8900

Stayton Planning Commission

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

Sublimity Planning Commission

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

Aumsville City Council

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

Tuesday, June 26 Santiam Integration Team

Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Law, 582 E Washington St. 503-769-3464

10:30 a.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 E Sorbin Ave. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families in local communities

Stayton Library Board

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Wednesday, June 20

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

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice Young Professionals Meet-Up

8:30 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Open to business people in the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-871-5188

Summer Reading Performer

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Today: Mo Phillips performs. Dancing, singing, writing songs. All ages. June 28: Alex Zerbe the Zaniac comedy show. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

NSSD Board

6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Rock painting with Misty Sears. Free. Register by calling 503-769-3313.

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, June 27 Make Instruments

4 p.m, Stayton Public Library. Make Mbira, African thumb piano. Free; registration required. Student entering 6 - 12 grade. 503-796-3313

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion group for adults. This month’s selection is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Chorus hosts Broadway revue, fundraiser By Mary Owen Fans of Broadway musicals will thrill to the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus’s presentation of Opening Night on Broadway. The performance is part of the annual fundraiser to benefit the chorus, and is free to attend. Two showings will be held: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mill City and 4 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at Rising Star Studio in Stayton. A spaghetti dinner, with meat and vegetarian sauce options, and a drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to Saturday’s performance and at 6 p.m. following Sunday’s show. Costs are $8 for adults; children 8 and younger, $4. Prize drawings include a metal art sculpture by Herman Freiden, pottery by Mark Hebing, and more. “We are singing nine songs from nine Broadway musicals,” said Sherri Cardwell, chorus representative. “We will be doing songs from the 1920s into 2000.” Cardwell said the fundraiser gives the chorus an opportunity to perform for “our Canyon community that supports what we have been working so hard on since Christmas.” The New Generation Barbershop Quartet, more affectionately known as “Three Prunes and a Plum,” will also perform. “It is made up of three of our chorus members and one of our old directors,” Cardwell said. “They are a fabulous multi-generational group who love barbershop. They rehearse at The Canyon Art Center every Thursday.” Funds raised will be used to pay SCCC’s director, Kara Blocker, and

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“The grant is from an organization called Keeping the Arts,” said Eric Loftin, who teaches ceramics. “Keeping the Art’s mission is very much in line with our school’s being in rural settings, and the application process was very accessible and relatively quick through their website.” Loftin said the $1,800 grant allotment for the school’s Fine Arts program will be used to purchase a new pottery wheel for the art studio at Regis, allowing for much faster turn-around time and access for students to work on the potter’s wheel. “It will also be invaluable for me as a teaching aid for wheel-throwing techniques as I will now be able to work alongside students as needed,” he added. Ceramics at Regis has not been its own class throughout Loftin’s term at Regis, since 2006. “We have done various levels of ceramics projects in the past as part of curriculum in other classes, primarily 3D Design,” he said. “However, I really feel that ceramics is an area that we can build effectively with just a little work that will allow the visual art program to reach a wider demographic of student within our school.”


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Thanks to two state grants, the Stayton High School fabrications/wood shop building and Sublimity Middle School will undergo seismic upgrading this summer.

Other schools, Gardner said, received some seismic work with funds received from the construction bond passed by voters in 2012.

“The work will begin in mid-June at both sites, as soon as school is out,” said Andy Garner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District. “The work at Stayton High School is expected to be completed within the summer months. The work at Sublimity middle school is more extensive and will continue into the fall. Because of this, school will start next fall with portable classrooms in front of the school on the blacktop. The work is planned for completion by Thanksgiving.” NSSD recently received two Seismic Rehabilitation Grants from the state of Oregon: $1.5 for Sublimity and $943,000 for Stayton High.

“The two projects were actually planned to be accomplished with funds from the bond,” Gardner said. “At the time, when we faced construction cost increases, we chose to cut these, with the plan that we could eventually accomplish them through the state’s Seismic Fund. Now, after five years, we are able to cross these projects off the original list! “There are still various structures that could be further strengthened, such as the SHS main gym,” he added. Meanwhile, the district continues to monitor the area’s new developments, keeping an eye on any impact they have on school populations, Gardner said.

“These grants allow for districts to seismically improve structures in case of earthquakes,” Gardner said. “The work will include the improved connections of the ceiling and roof structures to the existing walls. The Sublimity middle school building, which dates from the 1940s, will have new interior walls that will strengthen the existing brick walls as well as increased connections between the

“Should we begin to see increases, we will be pulling together a facility committee,” he added. “As far as seismic, if the state continues to offer the program, the district will continue to submit proposals to make our schools safer.”

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“We entered 2018 with great motivation and momentum to grow our businesses,” said Andrew Siegmund, president/owner of Siegmund Excavation & Construction, Allied Rock, and Siegmund Landscape & Supply. “Hiring Ryan Parker as chief financial officer is a critical step in this business growth. His job will be to help us streamline operations and plan for the future.” In an effort to meet the needs of current and potential customers, Siegmund added five people to the office staff, including three at management levels, and increased shop staff. Siegmund Excavation & Construction offers services to Oregon’s timber industry, including new road construction, road maintenance, bridge construction and installation, portable crushing, quarry development, land clearing, roadside brushing, full-service logging, contract cutting, dump trucking and heavy hauling. The Stayton-based company continues to invest in equipment, making efforts to be the first to acquire new technology and adopt new or improved designs of current machines or products. A high priority is to continuously modernize its fleet with the latest technology to stay ahead of competitors. Siegmund recently invested in two new custom-designed, aluminum Kenworth trucks, increasing each truck’s payload by 5 tons and decreasing unit haul costs.


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The third arm of the business, Siegmund Landscape & Supply, sells quarry rock, decorative rock, sand, topsoil, compost, bark dust and U-Cart concrete.

“It’s clear the Siegmunds have a deep appreciation for and commitment to their community,” he said. “I like how that drives the way they do business.”

Parker, a certified public accountant with a strong background in the construction industry, will oversee all three Siegmund holdings. “Ryan’s construction background is extremely relevant,” Siegmund said of his new CFO. “He spent the last dozen years working in medium to large construction companies, and he has experience in

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Parker said he and his wife are looking forward to getting to better know the Stayton community.

In addition to a CPA license, Parker holds a master’s degree in accounting. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Stayton with their two children. When spending time with family or serving his church and community, Parker loves listening to the stock market radio station and doing investment research. For information, call 503-769-6280.

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Tennis standouts

Cascade girls make historic run at state

The Cascade High girls tennis squad tied for second in the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A state tournament, the highest finish for the Cougars since 1981.

In the boys 4A competition Stayton’s Jarred Boedigheimer won the high jump with a leap of 6-3 and took seventh in the long jump (19-6 ¾).

The Cougars and Klamath Union scored eight points apiece in the May 18-19 competition at Oregon State University. Perennial power Oregon Episcopal won with 16 points. Leading the way for Cascade was the fourth-seeded doubles team of Tori Lewis and Jaja Osuna, which advanced to the finals before falling to an Oregon Episcopal duo. Lewis and Osuna upset the No. 2 seeds from Catlin Gabel in the semifinals after dropping the first set 6-1. Gio Hernandez participated in singles for the Cougars. The state meet success followed a Special District 2 championship May 10 at Black Butte Resort. It was the third district title in four years for the Cougars. Lewis and Osuna won the district doubles crown, teammates Erica Mitchell and Jenica Weibenga were fourth in doubles and Hernandez took fourth in the singles draw. Lewis, Osuna and Mitchell, the three seniors on the squad, participated on three district championship squads for the Cougars. “It is amazing to see Tori and Jaja accomplish something as significant as this at the end of their high school careers,” Cascade coach Ron Suelzle told Our Town. “They, along with Erica, Jenica and Gio are great young ladies who carry themselves with grace and dignity. They are great ambassadors for Cascade and the Cascade community and their families are so proud of them.” Also on the Cascade squad this season were Jenna Schnepp, Allya Sierra, Brenna Moore, Faith Drill, Aliya Borchers, Skylar Perlichek and Kandee Xiong. Stayton’s Emma Lindemann, meanwhile, won the district singles title and advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual runner-up Courtlyn Lam of Klamath Union. Class 2A track and field: Junior Kirkland Scott was the best of the throwers for Regis at the Class 2A state championships May 17-18 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Scott took first in the discus (136-4), second in the javelin (162-2) and fourth in the shot put (47-7 1/4) to personally score 23 team points for the Rams. Regis finished with 52 points, tying for second with Heppner. Bandon won the team competition with 70 points. Also scoring for Regis were: • The 4x100 relay squad of Jonathan Urena, Jacob May, Courage Minten and Brandon Piete, which ran 45.12 and finished second. • Piete finished second in 11.49 and May was fifth in 11.66 in the 100. May also was third in the 200 in 23.33.

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Boedigheimer helped the Eagles score 24 team points, good for ninth place. La Grande won the team title with 94. Here is a look at how other Stayton boys athletes performed:

• Michael Crowell (sixth in the pole vault, 10-0) • Wyatt Heuberger (eighth in the 3,000, 9:41.55) The Santiam boys scored 10 points on the first-place finish by Brody Davidson in the high jump (6-2). Also participating for the Wolverines was Josh Fawcett (ninth in the triple jump, 39-8 ½). In the girls competition Santiam scored 10 points, led by Alena Archer (fifth in the pole vault, 8-1/4) and Lilliana Lyness (third in the shot put, 36-3/4). Regis, meanwhile, placed Kylie Fisk fifth in 16.98 and Kassi Toombs seventh in 17.58 in the 100 hurdles, while Lilly Persons was seventh in the 400 (1:04.18) Class 4A track and field: Cascade and Stayton both produced individual state championship performances at the 4A meet held May 18-19 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Cascade senior Kalulusno Ngaida took first in the high jump, third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump to lead the Cougars. Ngaida leaped 5-6 in the high jump, two inches better than runner-up Darian Hageman of Astoria. Ngaida cleared 5-6 on her third and final attempt before missing three tries at 5-7. She turned in a mark of 37-1/2 in the triple jump and leaped 16-8 ½ in the long jump in a tight competition in which two more inches would have vaulted her into third. Ngaida scored 20 of Cascade’s 33 points, which earned the Cougars ninth place in the team race. Marshfield won the championship with 60 points. Here is a look at how other Cascade girls athletes performed: • Faith Craig finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in 15.97 and also ran a leg on the 4x100 relay team which finished sixth in 50.83. Also on the relay were Ashley Fraser, Vanessa Romero and Renae Beckmann. • The 4x400 relay team of Alexia Privratsky, Maliah Russell, Fraser and Beckmann was sixth in, 4:08.80. • Kaelyn Worst was ninth in the javelin (112-0). • Russell was 13th in the 800 (2:28.48), a finish matched by Lucy Roache in the 300 hurdles (51.50). Stayton freshman Hailey Notman finished 10th in the 1,500 (5:15.94 and 13th in the 3,000 (11:38.36).

• Ben Kirby was fourth in the 1,500 in 4:07.84 and sixth in the 3,000 (9:10.62). Teammate Casey Pugh was 11th in the 3K in 9:24.15. • Jacobe Croff was 11th in the 200 meters (23.65) and 13th in the 100 (11.59). • Chase Rogers finished 12th in the triple jump (39-4 ¼). OSAA update: Cascade won its lengthy battle with the OSAA regarding its classification. The Cougars will remain in the Class 4A Oregon West Conference. The original OSAA redistricting plan had elevated Cascade to the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference, despite school and district officials arguing that its enrollment levels warranted remaining in the lower classification. “I am very pleased for our activities and sports teams that the hearings officer placed Cascade at the 4A classification level,” said Cascade Superintendent Darin Drill. “All along we believed that it made much more common sense.” Because the decision happened so late in the school year Drill said “scheduling back to 4A, particularly in the upcoming fall sports, was not an easy task, but the athletic directors from the Oregon West Conference are working on it, and I am sure will get it worked out.” Baseball, softball: Cascade infielder Jake Davidson and outfielder Kyle McAlister were named to the first-team on the Oregon West all-conference baseball; list. Cascade utility player Jake Whisman and Stayton pitcher Donovan Stanley earned second-team honors, while first baseman Riley Nichol and infielder Danner Salisbury of Stayton and Cascade utility player Grayson Reeder received honorable mention. Stayton utility player Sydney Maurer and Cascade outfielder Karsen Lewis were first-teamers on the softball list. Catcher Sarah VanHyning and outfielder Jade Beaumont of Stayton and Cascade pitcher Mackenzie Dysinger and infielder Camryn Boyles earned second-team spots. Receiving honorable mention notice were Stayton infielders Lyndsey DeSantis and Cedella Ritchie, Cascade infielders Riley Bangert and Bailey Dysinger and Cascade outfielders Alexia Loukojarvi and Alexis Bales. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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SERVICES HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing, edging, fertilizer, weed control, bark dust, clean-ups and more. Free estimates. 971-219-7257 or 503-989-5694. LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE SERVICES Full licensed and insured. Contact Richard at 503507-9215. Or email VISIONS CLEANING Invision coming home to a clean and organized home. Excellent references. $65-$75 per clean. Organize your home and special projects. 503-607-3247 or 971-772-4590 RDR HANDYMAN & HOME REPAIR Service installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, windows, gutter cleaner CCB 206637 licenced, bonded and insured. Call Ryan 503-881-3802. MICHAEL FINKELSTEIN P.E. Civil Engineer Design 503-873-8215.

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A Grin at the End

Thanks, I guess?

Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

Every now and then, politicians pipe up about the U.S. Postal Service and how it doesn’t meet their standards.

the post office and its cutbacks.

They are partially right. With all due respect to our anointed ones in Washington, D.C., there’s more to it than a member of Congress can understand. For the most part, I think the post office does an amazing job of delivering the mail – and my recycling box is filled with proof. I turn 65 this month, which is not a particularly big deal to anyone, let alone me. But that event, small though it may be, will mark a banner year for the post office. That’s because word of my birthday has gotten to every insurance company on the planet. In turn, they have been filling my mail box with advertisements for supplemental Medicare insurance. The volume of mail at our house has risen exponentially as my birthday has approached. I expect the post office will soon have to rent a semitruck to handle all of the folders, pamphlets and newsletters about how I need to protect myself against doctors and hospitals and the bills they send me. I should say that I think Medicare is pretty swell. The idea of getting a hand from Uncle Sam if – when – I get sick is comforting. But for now at least, I’m still working and other than signing up for the required part, I don’t need the full meal deal of Medicare. I’m sure that day

will come soon enough. Note to members of Congress: If they wanted to “fix” or “replace” Obamacare, they could just extend Medicare to everyone. It’s not as good as my patented plan – Carlcare – but it’s better than endlessly fiddling around, which Congress seems to do a lot. Anyway, I do appreciate the post office. I also appreciate that its managers have been under the gun to save money, and that’s caused all sorts of weirdness. One particular weirdness is the late delivery of newspapers and magazines, which have suffered the most. They often are not delivered in a timely fashion – which is a big deal. People who paid good money for a newspaper or magazine subscription but get a week-old publication in the mail are getting short-changed, and it’s the fault of

Our esteemed president recently complained that the post office is charging companies such as Amazon too little to deliver that new gadget you just had to have. He may be right. As Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook and the rest of the internet pirates continue to buy and sell our personal information – apology not accepted, Mr. Zuckerberg – the post office should at least get its fair share. In fact, the post office should have a special rate just for online purchases, since those companies are so willing to screw over their customers by selling their personal information. And every one of those companies is swimming in profits. This brings me back to my mail box, which is crammed full of Medicare fliers these days. I didn’t send out birthday announcements to any of those insurance companies. I’m pretty sure my wife didn’t tell them, either. So how did they find out? My suspicion is our friends at Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have been spreading – I mean selling – the word. And they didn’t even send me a birthday card. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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Our Town Santiam: June 1, 2018  

Our Town Community News serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, and the Santiam Canyon

Our Town Santiam: June 1, 2018  

Our Town Community News serving Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, and the Santiam Canyon