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Engineers offer an alternative to drawing down Detroit Lake

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The concerns of the people who depend upon Detroit Lake, whether for water supply, recreation or business vitality appear to have been heard loud and clear.

The Detroit Dam project came on the heels of a listing of several species under the Endangered Species Act that required the Corps to perform an assessment of the Willamette Project and its operations’ impact on listed species. Based on the assessment, the National Marine Fisheries Services identified actions to avoid jeopardizing ESA-listed fish in the Willamette basin, including the downstream fish passage at the dam.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a draft of the Environmental Impact Study that identifies the preferred alternative for construction of the Detroit Dam & Lake Fish Ladder. The corps recommended course of action: build “in the wet”. The alternative calls for the Corps to continue to operate the dam normally, and build underwater, eliminating the need to “drawdown” water levels in Detroit Lake below normal operations. “The NEPA process works,” said Jeff Ament, project manager. “When we started scoping a year and a half ago, we hadn’t realized all the impacts to downstream water users.” The analysis revealed that a two-year drawdown would have over $200 million in regional impacts, which led to the


Corps’ recommendation. “From the standpoint of what the Corps was originally proposing, having to take the lake down for two years, this is certainly a better option,” said Marion County Commissioner Keven Cameron. “It’s a step toward the final decision that’s in the right direction.” Cameron said the EVI study has “obviously made a difference from where they were to where they are. “The process seems to be working,” he said. “They are getting all the right

The Detroit project proposes to provide downstream juvenile fish passage for Upper Willamette River Chinook and temperature control at Detroit Dam, which has received mixed reviews. Concerns were made by congressional representatives about the potential impact the project could have on the area’s water quality. Concerns voiced by citizens, city officials and business owners included impact on local economies. Now that the EIS draft has been released, a public meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Stayton

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Bond victory By Mary Owen Voters said “yes” to a new bond for the Santiam Canyon School District to improve safety and construct classrooms. The measure captured 52.35 percent of the 1,041 votes cast, with 58.15 percent of Linn County voters voting “yes” and 57.29 percent of Marion County voters voting “no.” Only 35 percent of registered voters turned in ballots. “With the passage of the school construction bond, we will be able to build safer, more secure and comfortable facilities for our kids,” said Superintendent Todd Miller. “We will be able to build needed classrooms to keep class sizes down and add new programs. We will be able to better serve our students’ educational needs, health and wellness. We will be able to give our kids the facilities they deserve.” The $17.9 million, 25-year bond will replace the Santiam Junior/Senior High School classroom building, add additional

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classrooms to meet the needs of growing enrollment, and fund an additional gymnasium and elementary school cafeteria, Miller said. “This outcome could not have been possible without the work and support of many dedicated community members,” he said. “This more than two-year process has been challenging, yet rewarding. The dedication of the school board and staff to stick with this process and contribute countless hours produced a quality product to present to the community. The work of the school board and Long Range Facilities Planning Committee has paid off.” Miller said “something to be proud of” is that school construction experts are looking at the SCSD project as leading edge, and possible as the solution for other rural schools around the state. “Others are taking notice!” he said.

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such as asbestos,” he said. “The addition of an elementary cafeteria also addresses safety for our youngest students. Currently, all our elementary school students cross the street to get to lunch each day. Adding the new cafeteria rids us of this daily hazard. Miller thanks community volunteers who stepped up and carried the torch for the project, helping to spread the word. He also credited Santiam voters with paying it forward for SCSD kids. “You just sent a powerful message to our students,” he said. “You just told them that they matter and that we stand together. Together your votes extend beyond the schools, building a vital rural community. “Today we made history, and tomorrow we will get back to work,” he added. “I am excited to start building our future, and thrilled for the kids of the Santiam Canyon! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”


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Stayton High School Alan Kirby’s reign as principal will end in June as he steps up to lead the College and Career Pathways dual-pathways coordinator position. “We are excited about this new position to strengthen opportunities for our students as they plan for college and career success,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent for the North Santiam School District. “During Alan’s five-year tenure as principal, SHS has become one of the most progressive high schools in the region for his work with local higher education institutions, local businesses and other regional partners including the Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) and our Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.” Kirby said he is excited to continue and expand the work he began at SHS. “Relevance is a critical component to student learning, and I plan to work on increasing the connections between middle school, high school, and career learning,” he said. “I plan to do this by partnering with local businesses to give kids real opportunities to understand the work that is available, by strengthening our current Career and Technical Education programs, by considering new pathways, and by helping students have more opportunities to experience a variety of working environments. “Schools and businesses often want the same things,” he added. “I want to be able to bridge the gap and to educate students about opportunities in the workforce and in higher education.”

Alan Kirby pursues new position aimed at student career success “I want to be able to bridge the gap and to educate students about opportunities in the workforce and in higher education.”

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Career and Technical Education, a program funded through the High School Success fund initiated by ballot Measure 98 in November 2016, provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners, according to the district. SHS currently offers career pathways in agriculture, biomedical, business, manufacturing and construction, criminal justice, and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). Gardner credited Kirby and his staff for achieving a great deal over the past five years, but he is not the only person singing his praises. Nick Harville with SEDCOR is associated with CTE in several districts throughout Marion County, and said, “What Alan has helped accomplish is fantastic. I look forward to working more with Alan and SHS on the next level. Alan understands what local industry needs and has taken great strides to deliver what local companies need.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Alan and SHS as they continue to grow and expand their Career Pathways programs, providing a link among students, local entrepreneurs, and industry experts to support the success of this program,” said Carmelle Bielenberg, Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce president. “We are committed to workforce investment and these students are our future.” SSCOC worked with Kirby to produce its annual Employment Expo and Job Fair where students were exposed to a variety of employment opportunities and careers, Bielenberg said. “Alan has a passion for student success which is evident when working with him to create these opportunities,” she added.

Kirby was hired in 2005 as a social studies teacher and taught for eight years as well as coaching football and track. He served as SHS vice principal from 2013-2014, and was named principal the following year. During Kirby’s time as principal, state scores in language arts and math improved, both now above state average. SHS has also shown improvements in its four-year graduation rate, moving from 73 percent in 2016 to 83 percent in 2018. Stayton now offers students more than 100 hours of possible college credits through dual-credit programs. “Alan’s tenure at SHS has seen the start of home construction classes, an Industrial Arts Advisory Board, and a new Health Occupations pathway,” said Janine Moothart, NSSD communications consultant. “In the last five years, SHS has become a school that the community and parents are proud of and students are excited to attend.” Kirby will officially begin work as dualpathways coordinator of College and Career Pathways for the 2019-2020 school year.

Johnny Mack, executive dean of CTE at Chemeketa Community College looks forward to supporting the development of new pathways for students at SHS.

“We are excited to move the High School Success work forward, and we are confident that Alan is the right person to make this work [and] have an even greater impact on our students,” Gardner said.

“Expanding the opportunities for our students to explore and strengthen career and college decisions has a positive impact on not only the students, but also the vitality of our communities,” Mack said.

“The staff at SHS is a caring and hardworking group who give their all for our students. I know this momentum will continue forward into the coming years under the new principal,” Gardner added.

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Susanne Stefani will take over the position of principal at Stayton High School as Alan Kirby takes on new duties as the College and Career Pathways dual-pathways coordinator. “The High School Principal search committee was gratified that such a large number of quality applicants sought the SHS position,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District. “After we had conducted interviews, Susanne clearly stood out to every member of the eight-person committee, which unanimously designated her as our top choice. She has strong leadership skills, comes from a great leadership team at McNary High School, and we are excited about her impact in coming years at SHS!” Stefani comes to SHS from her job at McNary High School in Keizer, where she served, she said, “for 13 lucky years, moving from teacher to instructional coach to assistant principal. “In my ninth year, our new principal, Erik Jespersen, asked me to be the instructional coach. I turned him down because I didn’t want to leave the classroom. But I wanted him and the school to succeed, and he used Ghandi against me – ‘be the change you want to see at McNary’ – which was a manipulative maneuver, and it worked!” Stefani supported teachers, coaching them on instruction and classroom management for two years before getting her administrative license and becoming assistant principal. She is now wrapping up her third year in that role. Jespersen describes Susanne as a masterful

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teacher, saying, “Susanne is an absolutely phenomenal leader who is ready to lead her own school. She has the right temperament and personality to make Stayton High School a wonderful place to work and the vision and expertise to raise academic achievement to the next level.”  Stefani said during her tenure at McNary, the SHS community was the only one to draw her interest. “With SHS’s upward momentum in students crossing the stage, outstanding CTE offerings, impressive athletics, and unparalleled support by boosters, joining the Eagles team was a no-brainer,” she said. “I’m ecstatic to serve students, staff and parents and to bring my own children to cheer at the sidelines with me this fall.” Stefani is a self-confessed “mom to two small stinkers.” “My son, a ninja in training, will head into second grade this fall, and my daughter – a leadershippy little force who takes after her mom – will be in kindergarten,” she said. “Both kids are excited about my new job and have warned me that with all the ‘writing papers and doing calls,’ I’ll be very busy.”

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As to stepping into her new role, she said, “The students and staff I’ve met have been very welcoming. I wasn’t on a job search; I loved where I was and haven’t wanted a principalship, but when I saw the Stayton position open, I was instantly interested. That says a great deal about SHS’s strengths – pride in community, strong commitment to activities and athletics, valuing CTE pathways. These are characteristics I appreciate, and SHS’s areas for growth are ones in which I feel confident leading.” Stefani’s short-term plan is “a lot of listening and learning on my part.”

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Revitalize Downtown Stayton recently A l aw A y SMain A Street cceptiNg received $200,000 Revitalization Grant from the State of e S o F ANd All t yp Oregon, to be used to improve the facades of buildings in Historic Downtown. The project is funded in part by the State Historic Preservation Office, an Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “During the Oregon Main Street Refresh process Lance RDS Large, has been participating in Kelly Hanh Ramirez, for the past MD year, the 300 block of North PA-C Third Avenue was identified as a priority for this grant,” said spokesperson Steve Poisson.

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will allow this significant work to proceed, with the hope that it will spark further revitalization efforts in historic downtown.” Poisson said RDS will supervise the project, ensuring compliance with state requirements per the grant. The work was slated to begin in late May, once contracts were signed, he added. “All building owners hope to have work completed by the end of 2019,” he said. “Look for opportunities to view the architect renderings in several locations and watch for our publicity keeping you up to date on our progress.” RDS will host a Summer Concert Series in Historic Downtown on June 28, July 19 and August 23, Poisson said. “Bands, beer garden and food trucks will be at Third Ave and Florence Street from 5:30-10 p.m. each date,” he said. “Admission is free and it’s family friendly.” For information, visit the RDS website

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Election results There was one race with a contested seat and two levies on the May 21 ballot. All results are unofficial until certified. For complete returns go to: results. North Santiam School District 29J Director, Position 2, Zone 2 Erin Cramer 985 P Coral Ford 946 Santiam Canyon School District #129J Bond Yes 549 P No 500 24-439 Idanha Detroit Rural Fire Protection District Renewal of 5 Year Local Option Levy Yes 69 P No 35

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Stayton High School’s WE (Weekend Eats) Project needs help to continue its outreach to hungry students. “The North Santiam School District was kind enough to fund the start of the WE Project, but to continue next year, we will need community support,” said Wendi Nyquist, CTE program and dropout prevention specialist. “Current cost to feed a student for an average month is $30, and $270 to feed them all year. “The WE Project is a resource offered to students who are either in an unstable living situation or a student whose family may not have the means to provide consistent meals,” Nyquist said. “We know our students receive breakfast and lunch through the district’s free and reduced program from the cafeteria during the week. The concern is the weekend when the school is closed. The WE Program provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the weekends when our school resources are not available.” Because of the project, one student said, “I know on the weekends when I am hungry, I have something to eat.”

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Once a staff referral is received, Nyquist meets with the student to see if the resource will be a good fit. “A small group of us sets aside time Friday morning to put together the bags of food,” she said. “Notes go out to the students to come to our area in the afternoon. When the students arrive, we discreetly slip the bag of food into their backpacks and off they go. We try to keep it quiet. Our goal is not to bring attention to the program, but to make sure kids have the food they need without the unwanted attention.” Although the program is in its early stages, Nyquist said she can see a difference in attitude from the students who are helped. “Our goal is for the students who receive this resource to feel that the district cares about them, that each student is important to us,” she said. “At this time, we are serving around 25 students. We are in a position where our group can handle the work the program entails. If the program continues to grow, that could change.”


Currently, the need is financial so that any student at the high school level can be offered this resource, Nyquist said. “If the program has the funds and continues to have success, there is a possibility we could grow the program to the middle school level,” she said. Tax deductible donations can be made to the WE Project, Stayton High School and delivered or mailed to the school or the North Santiam School District Office. All donors will receive a receipt letter for tax purposes. Any amount donated is appreciated, Nyquist said. Mailing information is: North Santiam School District, Attn: Sara Silbernagel, 1155 N. 3rd Ave., Stayton, OR 97383 or Stayton High School, Attn: Jody Cranston, 757 W. Locust St., Stayton, OR 97393. For more information, call Nyquist at 503-769-2171.


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Pinochle, 1 - 4 p.m., Santiam Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First St., Mill City. Free. 503-897-4176 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.


AA Meeting, 10 a.m., New Life Church, 1090 N First Ave., Stayton. Aumsville Museum & History Center (April through Oct), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. 503-749-2744


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5:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall, 158 SW Broadway St., Mill City. Make your own taco salad followed by 7 p.m. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus presentation of “Welcome to the ‘60s: Music That Changed the World” featuring Three Prunes and a Plum. Adults $8. Children 8 and under $4. Benefits Santiam Hearts to Arts. Sherri, 503-593-6736

Sunday, June 2 Welcome to the ‘60s

4 p.m., Rising Star Studio, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus presentation of “Welcome to the ‘60s: Music That Changed the World” featuring Three Prunes and a Plum. Dessert social follows. Adults $8. Children 8 and under $4. Benefits Santiam Hearts to Arts. Sherri, 503-593-6736

Santiam High Baccalaureate 5 p.m., Gates Community Church, 40070 Gates School Road. Baccalaureate service, barbecue for graduates, families, community members. RSVP not required, but appreciated. Sponsored by Mill City and Gates churches. 503-897-3210

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Saturday, June 1 Santiam Hospital Fun Run

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.

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

Tuesday, June 4

Wednesday, June 5 Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Moxiberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Theme is “Hats of Another Color;” wear a hat that is not the customary red. Order off regular menu. New members, guests welcome. RSVP to hostess Sharon Teixeira, 503-557-9765.

Stro’s Cruise-In 5 - 8:30 p.m., A&W, 1215 W Washington St., Stayton. Classic cars, music, food, prizes. Repeats June 19. Fundraiser for the Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship. Russ, 503-930-8976

RDS Board Meeting 6 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503957-0096,

Cascade High Graduation 7 p.m., Cascade High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner.

Thursday, June 6 Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Detroit Downstream Passage Meeting 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Stayton Community Center. US Army Corps of Engineers hosts public meeting to discuss the Detroit Dam Downstream Fish Passage Project. The project includes plan to build water temperature control tower to improve downtsream temperatures in North Santiam River, fish collection facility to assist with downstream fish passage. Open to public.

St. Boniface Museum

Regis High Baccalaureate

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

6 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton.

Santiam High Baccalaureate

Stayton Lions Club

Aumsville Planning Commission

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats June 18. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

Odd Fellows Bingo 7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats June 18.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

1 p.m., Santiam Masonic Lodge, 123 N Third Ave., Stayton. Enjoy bowl of cake, strawberries, whip cream and tour lodge. $5 a bowl. Benefits building restoration.

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

6:30 p.m., Santiam High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City. 6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Friday, June 7 Red Cross Blood Drive

12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Appointments encouraged by calling 503-769-2656, visiting (sponsor code ImmaccStayton), or emailing bulletin@ Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

Santiam High Graduation 6 p.m., Santiam High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City.

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Stayton High Graduation 7 p.m., Salem Armory, 2310 NE 17th St., Salem.

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

Saturday, June 8

Second Saturday Market 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Seasonal produce, yard art, home decor, more. Door prizes. Every second Saturday through September. Vendor applications at Colleen, 503-749-2030

Second Saturday Maker’s Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-873-3593

Canyon Senior Center Bingo 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First Ave., Mill City. Play bingo for donated prizes. To donate a prize, contact Mike Long, mikelong@ybgolf. com. Repeats June 22. 502-897-4176

Brown House Tour Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. Open to public. 503-769-8860

Marian Estates Car Show 1 - 3 p.m., Marian Estates, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Car show, music, hot dogs, popcorn, bake sale. Car owners can register vehicles starting at noon.

Sunday, June 9 Regis High Graduation

1:30 p.m., Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton.

Monday, June 10 Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. Agenda available. 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. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-859-2410

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

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Tuesday, June 11 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

Red Cross Blood Drive 12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Marian Estates, 590 Conifer Circle, Sublimity. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

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

North Santiam Service Integration Team

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

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

A Universe of Stories 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kick-off party for Stayton Public Library’s summer reading program. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Fire District 6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-749-2894

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. All eligible veterans can join. Repeats June 25. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, June 12 Lyons Garden Club

1 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Guest speaker Sharon Frey of Frey’s Dahlias. Last meeting until September. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-3348

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 living with dementia. This month’s topic: Helpful Caregiver Resources. Julie, 503-304-3432

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

Aumsville Historical Society 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. 503-749-2744

Friday, June 14 Flag Day Saturday, June 15 Grange Flea Market

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

Aumsville Movies in the Park Dusk, Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Today: Dumbo. Free. Concessions available. Repeats June 22, 29. For movie schedule, visit

Sunday, June 16 Father’s Day

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Enjoy crafts, music, food, beer garden, strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Free bowls of berries. $6 admission; under 2 and over 80 free. Sponsored by Silverton Rotary Club, Homer Davenport Community Festival. 503-873-561

Monday, June 17 Friends of the Library

Santiam Canyon School Board 5:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Dungeons & Dragons 5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Firsttimers, experienced players welcome. Age 12 - adult. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

Tuesday, June 18

Cascade Service Integration Team 9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for individuals, families. 503769-9319,

Storytime-on-the-Go 10:15 a.m., Marketplace at the Grove, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Stayton Public Library meets at different location each week during summer. All ages. Free. Repeats June 25 at Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. 503-769-3313

Economic Vitality 2:30 p.m., The Box, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton group discusses topics related to economic health of historic downtown Stayton. Open to public. New members welcome.

Make a T-shirt Day 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring a light-colored T-shirt to decorate. Limited number of backups available. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Wednesday, June 19 Paws to Read

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Share stories with Willow the therapy dog. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! 5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Build a kite, test it in portable wind tunnel. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton Public Library Board 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, June 20 Reptile Man

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Richard Ritchey is back with hands-on look at reptiles. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 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

RDS Board Meeting 6 p.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton meets. Open to public. 503-9570096,

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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datebook Friday, June 21 Summer Solstice Aumsville Free Day Camp Noon - 2 p.m., Porter Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Open to children entering first through fifth grade in Aumsville and surrounding areas. Children must be accompanied by adult. Outdoor games, craft time, free books, lunch. Every Friday through Aug. 19. Register: Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St.,, 503-749-2030

Cupcake Wars 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make space-themed cupcakes. Grade 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, June 22 River City Music & Art Jamboree

10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Kimmel Park, Mill City. Features The Brady Goss band on stage, local artists sharing work and hosting demonstrations. Mill City’s Got Talen Showcase. Face painting, bouncy house, gold mining. Concessions. Free admission.

Monday, June 24

Astronaut Training

10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Get your groove on at the library. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Red Cross Blood Drive

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Test your skills to find out. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

12:30 - 6 p.m., St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and scheduled at door.

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

Family Dance Party

Marion Estates Auxiliary

Mill City Council

Lyons City Council

Stayton Planning Commission

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

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

Wednesday, June 26

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Book Club for Adults

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. This month’s selection is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

Tuesday, June 25

Santiam Canyon Integration Team 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. Melissa, 503-769-9319,

Ricardo Cardenas Performs 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Enjoy the sounds of guitarist Ricardo Cardenas from Chili. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, June 28 DIY Galaxy Shirts

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring black T-shirt to turn in galaxy-inspired shirt. Limited number of backup T-shirts. Dress for a mess. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Summer Concert Series 6 - 10 p.m., Third Avenue and Florence Street, Stayton. Adrenaline Rush performs classic rock covers. Food trucks, beer garden. Free admission. Bring lawn chair. Family-friendly event. Sponsored by Revitalize Downtown Stayton. info@

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Saturday, June 29

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Be amazed by magician Michael Douglas. Children and family members of all ages. Free. 503-769-3313

3 - 6 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Fun-filled, free afternoon of oldfashioned carnival games with super hero theme. Free prizes. Constumed heros may be sighted. Hosted by City of Aumsville. 503-749-2030

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June 2019 • 13

Something to Celebrate

By Mary Owen

Graduating students are gearing up for their next big step in life. Stayton High School will have 137 graduates receiving diplomas at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Salem Armory. The Class of 2019 valedictorian is Sarah Vanhyning and salutatorian is Mason Riedman. “This class is an energetic, positive group that has made our school a better place,” said Principal Alan Kirby. “I’ve enjoyed the time that I have had to spend with them as a group, and individually over the years and this spring. They have great potential, and I am proud of their hard work to make it to this point.” Regis High School will honor 15 graduates at commencement exercises at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 in the Regis gym. This year’s valedictorian is Andrew Tabor and the salutatorian is Holly Blish. “The Class of 2019 is caring, close knit and talented,” said Principal Rick Schindler. “They are an incredible group of young men and women!” Santiam Junior/Senior High School graduates 41 students at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the school. Brittany Grenbemer and Grace Goodell are the Class of 2019 valedictorians. There is no salutatorian this year.

Principals send graduates on to the next path

“The Class of 2019 is incredible,” said Principal Angela Rasmussen. “They are a smart, caring and hardworking group of students. They kept me on my toes with their constant requests and made me laugh all the time. I am so proud of each of them.” Cascade High School has 164 graduates this year. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 on the Cascade Federico Field. The Class of 2019 valedictorians are: Marla Oliva, Sage Turner, Hannah Delamarter, Thomas Sly, Devin Privratsky, Matthew Stahlberg, Faith Drill, Meaghan Smith, Emma Miebach and Emily Vetter. Salutatorian is Margaret Remy. “It has been a pleasure to serve as the principal for the class of 2019 for the last four years,” said Principal Matt Thatcher. “I have known many of these students since they were in elementary school, and it has been really enjoyable to watch them grow and mature. I am excited about their futures.” Oregon Connections Academy counselors are still totaling credits and grades but expect the number of graduates to exceed 450 this year. “While Oregon Connections Academy has many bright students with high GPAs, there is not a valedictorian or salutatorian designated to speak at the commencement ceremony,” said Lauren

Dillon, outreach manager. “Instead, two graduates were selected to deliver remarks at the ceremony after several students submit speeches for consideration and a screening process was conducted by school staff.” Student Body President, Garrett Kincaid, 18, from Lyons will speak at the ceremony to be held the second weekend in June at the State Fairgrounds in Salem. Kincaid plans to attend Chemeketa Community College and then hopes to serve his country in the U.S. Naval Academy. “ORCA has helped me prepare by presenting me with reasonable challenges and expecting me to be honest and hardworking,” said Garrett. “This will truly help me in my future and keep me on the right track.” The other speaker is Madelena Bickley, 16, from Harrisburg, a 12th grade senator in Oregon Connections Academy’s student government. She’s majoring in physics in the Degree Partnership Program with Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College. “It is a privilege to witness these successes every year, and to know that these incredible students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and self-discipline they need to chart their unique paths toward achieving their goals,” said Allison Galvin, ORCA’s executive director. “It is gratifying to know that our school played


Class of 2019

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Marion Frichtl, 88, died May 21, 2019 in Salem. She was born in Albany and grew up in Jordan, moving to Lyons in 1961, and for health reasons has been living in Salem the last few years. Marion graduated from Stayton High School. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Salem, St. Patrick’s Altar Society and the Catholic Lady Foresters. She married Florent U. Frichtl on April 14, 1951 in Jordan. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2009. Marion enjoyed doing crafts out of greens, like Christmas wreaths, swags and centerpieces. What she enjoyed most was being a mother and her five children kept her busy. She is survived by children: Anne (Al) Hilgers, Carol (Gene) Ditter, Susan (Dennis) Minten, Mary (Randy) Johnson and Steven (Michelle) Frichtl; brothers: Jerry Silbernagel and Ted Silbernagel; 10 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. In addition to her husband, Marion was preceded in death by brother, Eldon


Silbernagel and grandson, Scott Minten. A Mass of Christian burial was held May 24 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Jordan. It was followed by a graveside service at St. Mary Cemetery in Stayton. Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association. North Santiam Funeral Service in Stayton served the family.

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Sports & Recreation

Gates takes state title

Stayton’s Alli Nyquist receives scholarship

Cascade High freshman Emma Gates won the high jump at the OSAA Class 4A state track and field meet May 17-18 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

the two days. Also participating for Stayton were James Bridge (tie, 24th at 184), Tyler Del Grande (38th, 202), Caelin Ritchie (tie, 43rd at 209) and Colby Padua (53rd, 290).

Gates leaped 5-5, two inches less than the personal best 5-7 she turned in at the Oregon West Conference district meet. Gates also ran a leg on the Cougars’ 4x400 relay team that finished second. Also on the relay were Cami Oliva, Gabreilla Floyd and Ashley Fraser.

Cascade’s Carson Hunt participated as an individual at finished tied for 19th at 181. In the Class 3A-2A-1A boys tournament, also at Emerald Valley, Regis’ Drew Dickey competed as an individual and finished tied for 15th at 180.

Cascade scored 14 points to finish 16th in the girls team race. Participating for the boys were Elijah Nolan (8th in javelin, 152-4) and Ashton Williams in the 200.

Softball: Santiam finished 19-5 overall after falling 11-0 on May 22 to Vernonia in the Class 2A-1A playoffs. The Wolverines, who finished 13-2 in Special District 2 play, had advanced to the round of 16 via a 15-5 win May 20 vs. Bandon.

The Stayton boys scored 16 points. Joshua Belliard ran 11.29 to finish runner-up in the 100 and Ben Kirby took second in the 1,500 in 4:06.91. Kirby also participated in the 800.

Stayton lost its round of 16 game vs. McLoughlin by a 14-3 score and finished 17-8. The Eagles placed infielder Sydney Maurer, outfielder Jade Beaumont and utility player Alysha Sims on the all-Oregon West Conference first team, while pitcher Kelsie Walker and infielder Cedella Ritchie received honorable mention.

Alissa Humphreys scored all 6 points for the Eagles girls, with a fifth-place in the 100 (12.77) and 7th in the 200 (26.44). Class 2A track and field: The Santiam boys placed fifth as a team in the OSAA Class 2A state championships at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Cascade lost its playoff game to No. 2 Henley, 13-5, and finished 16-11. The Cougars placed infielder Camryn Boyles and outfielder Crystal Campbell on the all-OWC first team. Infielder Bailey Dysinger, outfielder Abby Jeppsen and utility player Alexis Bates made the second team. Catcher Madison Walliman received honorable mention.

Brody Davidson and Trevor Tinney led the way for the Wolverines by placing in a total of five individual events as well as joining forces on a relay. The team piled up 37 points, trailing only champion East Linn Christian (72), Heppner (51), Oakland (44) and Monroe (38). Regis was 16th with 17 points, all scored by thrower Kirkland Scott.

Baseball: Santiam finished 15-11. The Wolverines were 10-8 in Special District 2 and fell 2-0 to St. Paul on May 20 in the first round of the Class 2A-1A state playoffs.

Davidson was the lone Santiam state champion, taking first in the long jump with a mark of 21-3.5. Davidson also was fourth in the high jump (6-0), sixth in the 200 (23.71) and ran the third leg on the Wolverines’ 4x100 relay squad that finished fifth in 45.49. Tinney was third in the pole vault, where he set a school record of 12-9, eighth in the 100 (11.69) and ran the anchor leg on the relay. Trevor Whitmire and Hunter Reeser also ran relay legs. Whitmire also took fifth in the javelin with a throw of 154-0. Also scoring was David McCormick, who was fifth in the 100 hurdles in 16.53. Issac Turner ran 9:38.37 to finish ninth in the 3,000, one spot out of a scoring position. Liliana Lyness was the lone contestant from the Santiam girls squad. She took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 33-3.5. Regis’ Scott was second in the discus (137-0), 3rd in the javelin (158-1) and sixth in the shot put (46-0.75). Sara Vetter of the Rams was 12th in the girls javelin at 88-5 and also participated in the 100 hurdles. Honors: Stayton senior Alli Nyquist received a $1,000 student-athlete scholarship from the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association at the group’s May 18 awards banquet. Nyquist, a standout on Oregon West Conference championship Eagles teams in soccer and basketball,

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Trevor Tinney clears 12'9", breaking the Santiam pole vault record and placing third at the state track meet. The previous record set in 1992 by Arin Atiyeh was 12'8". CAROLINE GILLASPY

carries a 3.97 unweighted grade point average and is already enrolled in an early program at Chemeketa Community College. Nyquist plans to finish her sophomore year in 2020 and then transfer to Oregon State University. She plans to major in biology before moving on to graduate school to study physical therapy.


Nyquist was one of just ten students statewide to be so honored. Boys Golf: Stayton senior Evan Massena took third in the Class 4A state tournament at Emerald Valley in Creswell and helped lead the team to sixth place. Massena shot a remarkably consistent 77-77—154 during

Cascade was 11-12 overall and placed outfielder Kyle McAlister on the all-OWC first team. Infielder Grayson Reeder, first baseman Tommy McGuire and utility player Caleb Boyles made the second team. Infielder Will Ramos, catcher Jake Whisman and outfielder Chance Tobiasson received honorable mention. Outfielder Donovan Stanley was a second-team allOWC choice for 9-17 Stayton, which placed pitcher Jared Mitchell, infielder Danner Salisbury, first baseman Tanner Manning and catcher Tanner Goodman on the honorable mention list. Girls Tennis: Cascade senior Jenica Wiebenga won her first-round match in the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A singles draw at the state tournament before falling in the quarterfinals to a team from Catlin Gabel. The Cougars tied for 9th as a team with 2 points. Choir: The Cascade ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Clark, took third in Class 4A at the OSAA championships. Cascade was credited with 288 points, trailing only champion La Grande (332) and McLoughlin (292). Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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The other day I left my cell phone at home.

There was a time when cell phones were pretty much reserved for important things. If someone was hurt, or in a car wreck I could get the word out. Or if I was running late to an appointment, I could call and let them know.

It was the best mistake I ever made. To me, a cell phone is a leash, a cinder block tied to my leg as I try to do important things, only to be distracted by constant beeping, dinging and vibrating.

Now, a cell phone has a bunch of “apps” that are occasionally useful – I know when someone is at the front door, for example. That’s great if someone is ripping off the mail or a package on the front steps, but otherwise I don’t care.

Some people apparently need to know what Kim Kardashian is doing at the very moment she posts on Instagram about it, when I don’t understand why anyone would ever care about anything she has ever said or done.

email at work and I’ll get it soon enough.

Other people say they need to know what President Trump is thinking. He doesn’t even seem to know most of the time.

And don’t even mention Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which all boil down to electronic piffle. People selling stuff I don’t want or need, grandparents bragging about their grandkids…. I’m getting nauseous just thinking about it.

Then there are the robot calls that flood cell phones. I will never stay at another “Brand X” hotel as long as I live. I have gotten so many robo calls from that company I feel as though I would rather sleep in my car than set foot in one of its establishments.

Without my phone, I was able to spend an entire day concentrating on the work at hand without being bugged. And when I went for my daily walk at noon I was able to enjoy the little park near where I work. I was even friendly to the bums that park their shopping carts and sprawl across the grass on a nice day.

The same goes for every other company that uses The Most Annoying Form of Marketing Ever. I’m keeping a list and will never give any of them a dime’s worth of business. And then there are the many “important” instant messages I receive. Unless it comes from my wife or one of the kids, I don’t care. Anyone else can send me an

A day without a cell phone was like a vacation – except I got more work done in less time and was less annoyed.

Nor do I care how many rubles there are in a dollar (a lot), which my phone also provides. Or that the stock market is up. It goes up and down all of the time. As long as it goes up more than down, everything is fine. I remember life without cell phones. It was wonderful. Messages would be waiting on the phone answering machine whenever I got back to the house or the office, and I could ignore them as needed. When I got home that night, my cell phone was waiting for me on the dining room table. I dutifully checked it for important messages, and there were none. The robo callers hadn’t left any messages either. No surprise there. And Kim Kardashian was still doing meaningless things and letting the world know about it. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.





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Since ancient times humans have tried to create their vision of paradise: lush, green plants; sweet, abundant fruit; and, of course, the sound of water gently spilling over rocks. Many homeowners long for a water feature but the cost of a full-fledged pond can be daunting. Finding smaller, inexpensive alternatives is what many are opting for.

Plants are the final touch. Many gardeners enjoy having small water features because it allows them to “get their feet wet” with water plants without getting overwhelmed.

Water features offer a soothing sound that relaxes people. Water bubbling from a small water feature adds a whole new dimension to an outdoor space. It can soothe away tension and help obscure the sounds of the city.

For a modern look, try simple and architectural plants like rushes (Juncus) and horsetails (Equisetum). For a more classic look, waterlilies (Nymphaea), provide shade and protection for fish and a stunning bloom in mid- to late summer. There are many varieties of dwarf waterlilies that only reach about one to two feet wide that are perfect for most patio water features.

There are many options for containers. Some nurseries offer sealed, glazed containers in a variety of colors and styles. Half-wine barrels that have been lined or even industrial-looking aluminum livestock troughs offer interesting options. It’s always best to decide on a location and measure it before looking for a suitable container. A protected location near the house that receives morning sun and afternoon shade is optimal, though small water features can be quite versatile. Relatively inexpensive pumps can be found at most nurseries; having an estimate of how many gallons the feature contains will help in selecting it. Most pumps are rated in gallons per hour (gph); to keep fish and plants happy consider a pump that can circulate the volume of the feature three to five times per hour. For example, a ten-gallon water feature would require a 30 gph pump. A small filter will help improve water quality and clarity; however it’s generally not necessary for smaller features. Adding rock to the bottom of a water feature hides the pump, adds a natural feel and

helps, however, it’s useful to have the water feature on casters so it can easily be out of extremely cold weather. Hot areas, especially those with direct sunlight and reflected heat, should be avoided as water temperatures can soar can soar in such locales.

A pouring water feature. TIMM O’COBHTHAIGH Right, top: water lily; bottom: taro. LAURA MILLS

provides some filtration, while keeping leaves and large debris from clogging the works. It’s wise to keep a few things in mind when deciding whether to have fish and which ones to choose. Most professionals advise a ratio of one inch of fish for every ten gallons of water; more fish can affect water clarity. To stretch a water feature’s capacity for fish, add more plants; they will naturally filter the water. Despite Oregon’s mild winters, above-ground features can freeze solid. Having moving water

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Taro (Colocasia) with its bold, tropical leaves in greens and deep purple is a favorite. Water lettuce and water hyacinth are the summer annuals of water gardening and are plants that float on the surface, requiring no soil. They are a nice addition to any water feature and are especially convenient for the ultimate in low maintenance and low cost. It’s like having a slice of paradise at a fraction of the cost of a full-blown pond – but do not be surprised if it leads to bigger things. Small water features are a dramatic garden accent or focal point, lending ambiance and a touch of tranquility to a garden of any size.

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CISTUS A ‘no brainer’ for hot, dry spots Neil Bell once referred to the shrub he studied for several years as a “no-brainer” for every garden with poor soil and lots of sun exposure. “It also doesn’t require pruning, fertilizing or watering,” he said. Add to those stellar qualities, it produces a fragrant flower that deer dislike. Plus, he added, it eliminates summer weeding because weeds don’t stand a ghost of chance when competing against it. The community horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Services in Marion and Polk counties, Bell has been researching cistus, commonly known as the rockrose. “Cistus don’t require a lot of work,” he said, “while being an attractive plant.” An evergreen, woody shrub native to the Mediterranean, Bell said cistus is drought tolerant and thrives in average to poor soil. The plants on average grow from 2-3 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Depending on the variety, the rockrose produces multiple, fragrant blooms from May to June with each flower lasting only one day. Bell and a colleague traveled to England to meet with Bob Page where they collected 105 varieties of cistus and planted them at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. He has been impressed with how the plant thrives on neglect. Although there are several varieties of cistus available at nurseries, Bell said he plans to publish his research and make the new varieties available. He believes the rockrose makes a welcome addition – especially to new construction where the soil conditions are often poor – because of its hardiness. Too often when people select plants for their yards, they fail to take into consideration what a plant requires, Bell said. When buying plants for your yard, he advises

Above: ‘Sunset.’ Right: ‘Silverpink.’

gardeners to match the plant to the area and soil condition rather than trying to amend the soil to please the plant. To illustrate his point, Bell shared several slides of public and private landscapes where the plants were “stressed out.” Several of the slides displayed showed sad, droopy rhododendrons in dry, sunny locations. Rhododendrons prefer the shade. “Public landscapes can look attractive without spending a lot of money or time,” he said.

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Focusing on plants that survive in the hot sun with little or no water, Bell shared a photograph of a landscape near the west wall of a public buildingthat gets quite warm in the summer months. A collection of thyme, cistus, golden oregano, fescue, viburnum and ceanothus (California lilac) were planted. “It’s a tough site but the plants are doing well,” he said. “It’s important to design a garden so the plants are in the right areas for growth.” September and October are the best time to plant cistus, giving plants time to get established before the warm season. Cistus can be planted in the spring but that first season they’ll need adequate water to become established. Make sure you don’t plant them alongside waterhungry neighbors, but with other drought-tolerant plants, or you’re defeating your purpose. The two most commonly known rockroses are Cistus x hybridus which grow 30 inches tall and 4 feet wide, producing white flowers in May, and Cistus x purpureus, growing 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide producing purple flowers with reddish blotches on the base of each petal. “When I tell people there is a plant that requires no pruning, watering or mulching, it probably sounds like plant neglect,” he said. “Cistus diminish the amount of work gardeners have to do.”

OSU June Garden Chores Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Identify and monitor problems before acting. Consider cultural controls; then physical, biological, and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Consider the least-toxic approach first. Recommendations are for the mid Willamette Valley. For more information, contact your local office of the OSU Extension Service. FRUIT CROP


First week: Spray cherry trees for cherry fruit fly, as necessary, if fruit is ripening. Spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees as necessary. Continue use of pheromone traps for insect pest detection. After normal fruit drop in June, consider thinning the remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit. Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases. If indicated, spray cherries at weekly intervals for fruit fly. Last week: second spray for codling moth and scab in apple or pear trees.

If green lawns are being maintained through the summer, fertilize near the end of the month. Set mower blade at .75 to 1 inch for bentgrass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses.

FLOWERS, SHRUBS & TREES Plant dahlias and gladioli. Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectary plants (alyssum, phacelia, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them. Check with local nurseries for best selections. Spray with Orthene to control adult root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses, and other ornamentals. Or, use beneficial nematodes if soil temperature is above 55 degrees F. Birch trees dripping means aphids are present. Control as needed. Remove seed pods after blooms have dropped from rhododendrons, azaleas. Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons and azaleas after blooming.

FRESH VEGETABLES Fertilize vegetable garden one month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside the rows. Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion and chard. Construct trellises for tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and vining ornamentals. Use organic mulches to conserve soil moisture. An inch or two of sawdust, barkdust or composted leaves will minimize loss of water through evaporation. Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop: nothing to worry about. Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching. Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water or by using insecticidal soap or a registered insecticide. Watch for cabbage worms, 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce, flea beetles in lettuce. Remove the insect pests or treat with labeled pesticides. Spray peas as first pods form, if necessary, to control weevils. Late this month, begin to monitor for late blight on tomatoes.

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