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Together again By Mary Owen And the countdown begins! The pandemic and wildfires may have temporarily halted Fourth of July celebrations, but this year, fireworks will once again light the night skies over Detroit Lake, Mill City and Stayton. The promise of celebrations elicited comments such as “woohoo,” “something to look forward to” and “been too long.”

Detroit “Detroit Lake has a bunch of fun activities planned for July 2-3 at the city park,” said Elizabeth Smith, who posted on Facebook that sponsors are still needed for the event coordinated by the Detroit Lake Recreational Area Business Association and the Detroit Lake Foundation. The celebration – Detroit Strong Revival – is sponsored by Siegmund Excavation & Construction and Davidson’s Masonry, Hillyer’s Mid-City Ford, and Allied Rock. Banner sponsors are still needed as well as sponsors for other festivities during the Detroit Strong Revival Celebration. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. on Friday, July 2 with the Detroit Strong Hometown Bar-b-que, brews and bands. The barbecue is children and family friendly, with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Food is provided and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Detroit community-based projects. Start out Saturday with the Detroit Fire

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Department Pancake Feed, also at the park. Donations will go to the Detroit Fire Department. The feed is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

skies at dusk (about 7 p.m.). “You asked for a Fourth of July celebration, and you got one,” said Beverly Thacker, committee spokesperson. “Now we need volunteers to make it a success. C’mon Canyon, you can do it!”

From noon to 2 p.m., the Detroit Hometown Parade will take place, with line up at 11 a.m. Children, animals, classic cars, bikes and golf carts are welcome to participate. Entry fee is $25. Sponsored by Hillyer’s, the Community Kickball Tournament will take place at 3-5 p.m. in the park. Entry fees are $15 per adult and $8 per child. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt. And long-awaited, the annual Fireworks Over the Lake will take place at dusk, thanks to Siegmund Excavation & Construction and Davidson’s Masonry. To sign up and to learn more about the Detroit Strong Revival Celebration Events and activities, visit www.detroitlakeoregon. org/events.

Mill City The Mill City Fourth of July Committee has been busy this year preparing for Fourth of July celebrations at Kimmel Park. The “Canyon Strong” events will start July 3 with the annual Mutt Show from noon to 1:30 p.m. registration and competitions running from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rosette ribbons, trophies, raffle and a grand prize will be handed out, and the winners get to be in the Mill City Fourth of July parade.

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“We will have an agility course,” said Stephanie Lynch. “Come have fun!” For rest and refreshments, a beer garden and food fare will be set up with live music by the Canyon Allstars, 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, July 4, the Lions Club Breakfast with be held at the Santiam Jr./ Sr. High School Commons from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the same time that vendors will be setting up. Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. and will close at 10 p.m. Parade line up is at Kimmel Park and SE Fairview at 11 p.m. with the parade starting one hour later. The beer garden and food fare will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with live music to be announced 1-3 p.m., Sean Paul 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Sure Fire from 7 p.m. to dusk. Fireworks sponsored by the Mill City Volunteer Fire Department will light the

Stayton fireworks are a go! Slated for Sunday, July 4, the show will be launched at dusk from the athletic field at Stayton High School. However, the school grounds will not be open for congregate viewing or other activities as in past years, and there will be no afternoon parade. Russ Strohmeyer is planning a Patriotic Music Cruise through town on the Fourth with some of his hot rod and classic car friends. More details to come. Financial sponsors include Freres Lumber Company, Pacific Power, Sublimity Insurance, Power Chevrolet, Jimco Fence, Stayton Rotary, North Santiam Funeral Service, Roth’s Fresh Market, Fox Valley Farms, NW Preferred Federal Credit Union, Bill and Jennifer Martinak, Hillyer’s Ford, STR, Jet Auto and SCTC.

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to park at the lake and other nearby lots, benefitting local nonprofits.

Aumsville Aumsville’s 11th annual Saturday Market starts up on June 26 and ends on Sept. 11. The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot and Tower Park under the water tower. A great variety of vendors will be on hand with seasonal produce, retail products, crafters, artisans, yummy snacks, yard art, food trucks and more! Always something for everyone. Proceeds from vendor fees help support Aumsville PARC programs for area youth. “Each year our vendor and visitor numbers have grown, and we hope to see that trend continue,” said Colleen Rogers, city clerk. “Visitors will find a variety of fresh produce and garden products, yard art, photography, crafts and artisans.”

Vendor registration is open now. For more information, call 503-749-2030 or message crogers@aumsville.us.

Sublimity Sublimity will host the Project Living Hope Summer Kick-Off Fun Run at 9 a.m. at Church Park. Proceeds from the 3K/5K Fun/Run/Walk will help fund the group’s athletic program in Haiti, the completion of the new basketball facilities and help PLH host a similar fun run for families and youth in Camp Marie, Haiti. The entry fee is $20 per adult and $10 per child. Packet pickup is 8 a.m. on race day. The event is sponsored by: Power Chevrolet, Hiatt Christmas Trees, PT Northwest, True Private Wealth Advisers, Foodology Mobile Kitchen, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate Professionals and Stayton Sport. For more information, call 503-714-1477 or message info@plhope.org.

Although firework sales in Oregon are underway, the MCSO is encouraging everyone to be mindful of the increased fire danger when deciding how to celebrate responsibly. Illegal fireworks have become increasingly common in Marion County, the MCSO reports. These include anything that flies into the air, explodes, or behaves in an uncontrollable or unpredictable manner. Examples include bottle rockets, mortars, Roman candles, aerial shells, missiles, and firecrackers. Using illegal fireworks is not only dangerous, it can come with a heavy penalty. Under Oregon law, officials may seize fireworks and those utilizing them may be charged with a class B misdemeanor, which could result in a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500. To report the use of illegal fireworks, those living outside the city limits are asked to call the MCSO non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. Do not call 911

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“Pre-COVID, Samantha enjoyed watching videos on YouTube Kids, playing Xbox, Too much Al wtime A yspent S interacting A c c ewith ptiNg New Awatching tieN tS and playing gamespand Netflix screens was a problem long before the A Nso d l thetAmerican y p e S oonFheritablet,” N S Connie u r ADeYoung N c esaid. S Her pandemic, muchAsol that daughter, Samantha, just finished third Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued grade. specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of “Some days when she got home from a screen. school, she could have an hour or two of screen time, depending on the afternoon/ “For children younger than two years, evening activities.” the AAP discourages all screen time and encourages ‘…more interactive Then the pandemic hit, forcing children Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, Leder, activities that will promote proper brain andMaria adultsFife, alike to spend Carl moreWtime indoors development, and atFNP-BC home, eliminating extracurricular PA-C MDsuch as talking, playing, PA-C singing, and reading together,’” Scott activities, closing offices and schools. Hamblin, a pediatrician at Childhood “There has been a significant increase Health in Silverton explained. In addition, in screen time during the pandemic,” “The AAP recommends limiting older DeYoung said. “First and foremost, all children’s total screen time to no more than her Fox Online Treatment of Chronic Illnessschoolwork is on her one to two hours of quality programming Chromebook. Research that I assign her per day.” such as Diabetes/Hypertension to do for special projects that supplement Those hours may seem, to some, like a her schoolwork is completed mostly on Preventative Care • her Sports Medicine lot but to the parents and children caught Chromebook… Social gatherings with in the highly addictive screen-time cycle, family and friends are almost non- existent, Pediatrics • Geriatrics • Womens’ Health Care going over the recommended one to two therefore she can be on her tablet watching hours can be an almost daily occurrence. YouTube Kids or Weight listening to Loss) music for a FirstLine Therapy™ (Physician Assisted

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Even Hamblin, the father of three schoolaged children, struggled to maintain a balance within the new virtual curriculum.

Muscle aches stemming from poor posture while sitting in front of a computer, laptop or other learning device are bad enough, but the behavior issues, stemming from the affect screen time has on development and the brain have experts more than a little concerned.

“[T]hey have been on their tablets for at least two to three hours a day doing just school work,” he admitted. “Then you have to negotiate ‘free’ tablet time with them in addition, which we have tried really hard to keep to a minimum throughout the school week.”

“Over the last year, we have seen a lot more children with complaints of headaches, increased aggression and mood problems, poor sleeping habits and musculoskeletal issues – particularly neck, shoulder and back pain,” Hamblin described.

“[T]he importance of unstructured curiosity, movement, creative play and nature time is highly important for brain development and health,” Kelly Prill, a functional neurologist and owner of Elemental Wellness in Silverton, said. Because of this need to balance physical and mental development, “Working on a computer cannot be the sole source of education and experience for children to thrive. And in fact, is correlated with screen codependency, mental health issues, and obesity.”

“It is mostly in the school age children, but even toddlers are presenting with more behavioral and sleep issues. Middle and high school children have been greatly

The pandemic, the Labor Day fires, the February ice storm and the lifestyle changes that came with each have had an impact on the health of both children and adults.

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“The last year has taken its toll on the nervous system, and headaches, anxiety, dizziness are some of the most common conditions I work with,” Prill described. “In children this may show up as trouble with reading, issues with paying attention, low energy, and inability to regulate emotions. Screen time exacerbates these conditions based on the way the nervous system is wired. Eye movements, balance and knowing where you are in space are some of the brain’s top priorities, and screen-time, stress and sedentary lifestyles do not support proper input to keep the brain active and highly functioning.” Screen time is also something over which – unlike natural disasters, job loss or illness – many families can exert at least some control. “I don’t think most of the effects from increased screen time will be long term,” Hamblin speculated.

“My hope is that we can get our kids outside more over the summer months and encourage them to ‘unplug’ for a while. I anticipate that school will be getting back to ‘pre-COVID normal’ starting next fall, and they won’t have to spend as much time in front of a screen while learning.” Amy Coyle, a superintendent in the Salem-Keizer School District, hopes so as well, agreeing with Hamblin that summer may be just what many students need to break the on-screen cycle. “It’s that natural transition and break time,” she said. “You can change things and kids will adapt to it.” That is especially true if the changes are made by the family as a unit. “Unplug and get outside,” Hamblin suggested. “That includes us parents, too. We all need to get away from electronics

more and engage one-on-one with our children through play, arts and crafts, cooking/eating, outdoor activities. “No need to wean slowly. All you need to do is sit down and have a mutual understanding between the adults in the home (very important to have consistency) and the children with regard to appropriate electronic/media usage.” But it is also important to model grace and resiliency because changing behaviors can be hard and the pandemic has still increased the stress level and workload of many. “This last year has been a year of resilience, adaptability and flexibility,” Prill said. “I know that parents are doing the best they can. Keep educating and learning about how all these changes are affecting overall health, and move forward with grace and compassion.”

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By Mary Owen A Stayton couple is blessing spud lovers one potato at a time – even on the hottest summer days. In April 2017, Amy and Ken Carey started Baked and Loaded Potatoes, offering for a reasonable price a large “baker” with all the fillings. Their reputation grew, and most recently the Careys were awarded the 2021 Best of the Willamette Valley award from the Statesman Journal for food cart/trucks. “We are very humbled and honored to have so much community support for the last four years,” said Amy Carey, who credits their customers for the recognition.

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Before starting the business, Amy was employed with the North Santiam School District for 12 years and Ken served as the NSSD transportation manager.

“On special occasions, we offer our Carne Asada Spud,” she added. “That one is only offered on rare occasions, since the meat is so expensive, but it is very popular when it is on the menu!”

“We both enjoy serving our community and we can even work well together,” Carey said. “Our initial desire was to work for ourselves, and the challenge of being able to make a food truck successful.”

Beyond serving loaded potatoes, the duo spreads love to the community, bringing people together “one potato at a time,” they claim.

When the pandemic hit, the Careys were fortunate to be able to remain open by selling potatoes at Wolfgang’s Thirst Parlor Tap House.

“The reaction people get when they visit us for the first time is priceless,” Carey said. “The serving window has become Ken’s ‘pulpit’ which has allowed him to build strong relationships with our customers and engage in amazing conversations.”

“Our saving grace is that food trucks are designed as the ultimate ‘to-go’ food,” Carey said. “We have been able to open up for events of different kinds all around the county, as restrictions are being lifted.”

More than 100 customers have given the food truck a fivestar rating. Feedback ranges from “delicious,” “reasonably priced,” “large portions” to “great customer service.”

The couple serves their fare from a small, converted school bus, called the “Spud Bus.” The concept started as a vision and a dream and has taken about nine years to come to fruition, Carey said.

“Absolutely delicious!” posted Hanna Wyoming on the couple’s Facebook page. “Seriously hit the spot – and such sweet humans, too. Fast, filling, creative, tasty and excellent price! Can’t wait ‘til next time.”

“Our most popular spud is the cheeseburger spud,” she said. “The spud includes seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar jack cheese, and of course, butter, sour cream and chives.” Other favorites include broccoli and cheese, homemade stroganoff, homemade meatloaf and pulled pork. “Our most unusual would have to be our chicken pot pie spud, or our shrimp po’ boy,” she added. “Who needs a hoagie, when you have a spud!”

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When there are leftover spuds, the couple occasionally makes a tasty baked and loaded potato salad as well as their everpopular baked and loaded potato soup, “which sells out every time it is offered,” Carey said.

Karessa Piesker posted regarding her stroganoff potato, “By far the best baked potato I have ever had.” “Our business has allowed us to bring unity into our community, which has been our vision from the beginning,” Carey said.

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“So far I’ve been getting “Blonde work and vivid hair great feedback about color are what I do most, but location and salon space,” I love all hair!” she said. said Nibler of her inclusive Megan Nibler of Mirror, and gratuity-free salon at Now that COVID Mirror. SUBMITTED PHOTOS 268 E. Ida St. in Stayton. restrictions are lifted, more is “I am a one-person in Nibler’s future. salon, so you get private, individualized attention from me. I offer amazing “In-person education is finally starting products by Milkshake Hair, which once up,” she said. “I’m looking at a variety you experience the line you will fall in of classes to learn new techniques and love with!” so excited to get some hands-on Nibler was a stay-at-home mom for years education in.” before becoming a stylist. “I’m so thankful to everyone who has “Once I was ready to get back into the supported me so far,” Nibler said. workforce, I wanted a true skill and career “Opening a new business in such a I could be proud of,” she said. “I went to delicate time feels risky, but I love beauty school a little later in life by this industry’s standards, but I’ve worked very Stayton and hope to be a part of the had to learn everything I can and keep community for many years to come!” refining my craft.” For information, Nibler can be reached Previously, Nibler had a private suite in at 503-983-6131, niblerdoeshair@gmail. the Portland area, but now that she and com, or visit Mirror, Mirror Beauty Salon her husband and three kids have moved to Stayton, she “stumbled upon my little on Facebook.

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Stayton Community Food Bank, 9 a.m. - noon, 1210 Wilco Road. Repeats Monday - Friday. 503-769-4088 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. Age 60 and older. Serves Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Gates, Lyons, Marion, Mehama, Jefferson, Turner. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. $3 donation. Ginger, 503-769-7995. STEAM-to-GO, 3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Children´s STEAM kits available at a drive-thru or walk-up event. Any extras can be picked up throughout the week as supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

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Storytime in the Park, 10:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Read, talk, sing, play. Free. 503-769-3313 Picnic Picks in the Park, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center Park. Bring a lunch, pick a book to borrow or keep, have fun as a family with activities are more. Free. 503-769-3313

Wednesday

Chamber Greeters, 8:30 a.m.. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org Stayton Area Rotary, noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Guests welcome. 503-5089431, staytonarearotary.org Stayton Farmers Market, 3 - 7 p.m., corner of Third Avenue and Florence Street, Stayton. Produce, crafts, handmade items. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Revitalize Downtown Stayton. Kara, 503-730-5784, farmersmarket@downtownstayton.org Yoga in the Park, 6 p.m., Stayton Pioneer Park, 450 N Seventh Ave. Wanna Yoga LLC hosts guided yoga in the park. All levels. Classes donationbased. Repeats 9 a.m. Saturdays. Rachel, wannayogallc@yahoo.com

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

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NSSD Free Youth Meals Noon - 12:30 p.m. Grab-and-go breakfast, lunch. Children 1 - 18. Locations: Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave.; Stayton High, 757 W Locust St.; Sublimity School, 376 E Main St.; Mari-Linn School, 641 Fifth St., Lyons (10:45 - 11:45 a.m.). Meal times may change after school is out. Visit summerfoodoregon.org for updated information

Saturday, July 3

Mill City Fourth of July Celebration 6 - 10 p.m., Kimmel Park. Beer garden, live music by the Canyon AllStars and select vendor booths. Visit @MCFourth on Facebook for schedule.

Fireworks over the Lake 9:30 p.m., Detroit Lake.

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Sunday, July 11

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

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

Sublimity Parks and Rec Committee 6 p.m., Teleconference. Open to public. Agenda available. For login information, call 503-769-5475. cityofsublimity.org

Wednesday, July 7 SSCOC Greeters

8:30 a.m., Aumsville Rural Fire District, 490 Church St. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Thursday, July 8 JuggleMania

4 p.m. Zoom. Virtual performance by Rhys Thomas. Registration link at staytonoregon.gov/page/library_ calendar. Free. 503-769-3313

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

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

Friday, July 9

Hassler Farms Neighborhood Sales 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hassler Farms Neighborhood off Arbor Street, Sublimity. A map of participating houses available. 503-440-6165

Marion County Fair

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10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 NE 17th St., Salem. Carnival, animal exhibits, contests, vendors, fair food. Games, attractions, local, regional entertainment. Repeats 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. July 10, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. July 11. marioncountyfair.net

11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Kimmel Park. Beer garden and vendors. Live music by Cheyenne Country 1 - 3 p.m., Sean Paul 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., and CottonFoot from 7 p.m. to dusk. Fireworks at dusk. Visit @MCFourth on Facebook for schedule.

Saturday, July 10

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10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Shabby Shed, 493 S Center St., Sublimity. First annniversay celebration, winetasting. Wine courtesy of Colton Winery. 971-354-8565

Tuesday, July 6 Wreck This Journal

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Teens create a journal to wreck with creativity and art. Take & Make kits available at a drive-thru or walk-up event. Any extras can be picked up throughout the week as supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

Aumsville Movies in the Park Dusk, Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Today: Croods. July 17: Home. July 24: Pete´s Dragon. July 24: Planes. Free. Bring blankets. Popcorn. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

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Monday, July 12 Pollinator Watering Station

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Teens and adults kit includes information about pollinators and supplies to make a pollinator watering station. Make & Take kits available at a drive-thru or walk-up event. Any extras can be picked up throughout the week as supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

Foothills Vacation Bible School 6 - 8 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free, in-person summer experience for kids age 4 - 12. Register at foothillstayton.org

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

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

Aumsville City Council 6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St, Aumsville. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Tuesday, July 13 RDS Board Meeting

6 p.m., The Box, 298 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. Videoconferencing also an option. 503-7672317, downtownstayton.org

Cascade School Board 7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-8010, cascade.k12.or.us

Wednesday, July 14 SSCOC Greeters

8:30 a.m., Gardener´s Eden Nursery, Coffee and Gift Shoppe, 151 W Locust St., Stayton. Weekly networking forum sponsored by Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. 503-769-3464, staytonsubimitychamber.org

Caregiver Connection 1 - 2:30 p.m. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy.deeds@ nwsds.org.

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11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Linn County Fairgrounds, 3700 E Knox Butte Road, Albany. Family Land, vendors, food, Free concerts each night at 7 & 8:30 p.m.; free with admission. Repeats July 16, 17. Visit linncountyfair.com for schedules, pricing.

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

Aumsville Planning Commission 6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030, aumsville.us

Friday, July 16 Summer Concert Series

Corner of Third Avenue and Florence Street, Stayton. Food trucks, alcohol vendor, live band. Free admission. Bring lawn chair. Family-friendly event. Sponsored by Revitalize Downtown Stayton. downtownstayton.org

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1145 Fifth St., Lyons. Collectibles, crafts. Hamburger lunch to go. 503-859-2161

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. Open to all. 503-845-6141, benedictine-srs.org

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Fundraiser for Brent Strohmeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Free admission. Russ Strohmeyer, 503-930-8976

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Monday, July 19 Red Cross Blood Drive

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Bioluminescence 3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Kit for teens about animals that create their own light, glow stick science experiment. Make & Take kits available at a drive-thru or walk-up.Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council 7 p.m. Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Live stream: https://youtu.be/c4c8cKnHkJE 503-769-3425. Staytonoregon.gov

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11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Aumsville Fire Department, 490 Church St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Stayton Public Library Board 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3313

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Enchilada Dinner 5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Enchiladas, rice, refried beans, desserts, coffee/punch. $10. Dine-in or to go. Limited social seating. 503-859-2161

Monday, July 26

Abstract Geometric Watercolor 3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Try out different watercolor techniques to create your own abstract piece of art. Make & Take kits available at a drive-thru or walk-up event. Any extras can be picked up throughout the week as supplies last. Free. 503-769-3313

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Stayton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Agenda available. Open to public. Live stream: https:// youtu.be/c4c8cKnHkJE. 503-769-3425, staytonoregon.gov

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Thursday, July 29 Red Cross Blood Drive

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Saturday, July 31 Camp Taloali Wildfire Benefit

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Something to Think About

Renewal

Fire can mean a resurgence for natural landscape, wildlife

By Melissa Wagoner

social perspective that we (say) that this is bad or this is good.”

“The question – what happens after a fire? – is an important question,” retired US Forest Service Fire Ecologist Jane Kertis said when asked about 2020’s Beachie Creek Fire. It, along with the Lionshead Fire, burned through the Santiam Canyon last Labor Day leaving many favorite parks still closed for recovery.

But separating the ecological from the social is nearly impossible, especially in areas – like the Santiam Canyon – where forest landscapes are side-by-side with communities. “As much as I talk about this being a natural thing, that doesn’t take away what effect this had on people,” Rau said. She visited sites affected by the Beachie Creek Fire in October 2020, and again in midMarch 2021.

Kertis thinks the question of how different types of land recovers from wildfire is so important that she based the entirety of her 30-year career on discovering the answer.

“It’s hard to see that town (Detroit) and realize what happened there. My heart’s there and I really feel for the people that were impacted.”

“People tend to think, when they think of fire, a charred moonscape,” she said of the view of wildfires most often portrayed in the media. “But there’s not really going to be much of a moonscape very long.”

Raised on the McKenzie River, fire came within a mile of Rau’s childhood home, forever changing the familiar forests she had hoped to one day share with her son.

That’s largely because, on the heels of a fire, plants and animals almost immediately move back into the landscape – foraging for food and making their homes in newly changed spaces. “I’ve never seen so much wildlife as I have doing film and photography in burned landscapes,” Ralph Bloemers said. He’s a strategic advisor with the Crag Law Center, working with firefighters, conservationists and community groups affected by wildfire. “I’ve done photography in Yellowstone and in the Siskiyous, all in burnt landscapes. Even in the Elkhorn area, which was burned to a crisp, I’ve already picked up elk and rabbits.” For grazing wildlife, such as elk, burned areas offer the chance to graze on tender vegetation no longer shaded out by trees. “Ungulates – or grazing animals – really

“I had to do my own grieving around that,” she admitted, venturing that her reaction is not uncommon, even amongst scientists.

Angel’s Rest in the Columbia Gorge is an example of a landscape affected by fire that is rebounding fairly quickly. COURTESY OF RALPH BLOEMERS

appreciate that because there’s not as much to eat in an enclosed forest than an open canopy forest,” Amanda Rau confirmed. She is a fire specialist working with the OSU Extension Service in the Willamette Valley and North Cascades. Although wildlife is certainly impacted when a wildfire sweeps through, “yhe net benefits generally outweigh the negative impact,” she added.

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This is especially true for many species of birds, some of which nest exclusively in charred trunks, while others hunt for the bugs or small rodents no longer hidden by overhanging branches. “The high severity expression, that’s awesome for birds and for the nutrients that the dead trees provide,” Kertis noted. “It’s all good from an ecological perspective. I think it’s really from that

“I think certainly from an aesthetic standpoint it’s possible to look out there and not see the good because we’re used to an intact forest,” she pointed out. “But wildlife benefits a lot from wildfires like these.” And many trees benefit, too – though at first glance that can be difficult to see. “Some of the work people have done is look at tree rings to get an idea of past fires,” Kertis noted. Explaining that a tree’s rings will often show a wider growth record during post-fire years, due to an influx of nutrients on the forest floor.

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“What we’ve seen from the past is that in these really intense fire periods, that’s when you have your pulses of Douglas fir,” Kertis gave as one example of a species well adapted to sporadic fires. “And that’s not an unnatural response to big intense fire. Douglas fir is very well adapted to regenerate in open, burned areas.” “People say, we need to go out there and plant,” Bloemers said of the instinct many landowners have to immediately repair what was burned. “They don’t. Even if you look at the arial for the Opal Creek Drainage, you’ll see the trees that look like a blackened stick but they have cones on them and the birds will spread them everywhere.” And with a newly opened canopy, those seeds, as well as many others, will thrive. “In places where you had those high severity fires, where it killed everything, you may have Douglas fir come back and regenerate,” Kertis said. “And you might see that next year, depending on how close a Douglas fir tree is to the site. You’ll also start to see some of the under story coming back – rhododendron, vine maple, those are all adapted to fire because they have the ability to sprout after a disturbance. You also might see fire weed. It’s called fire weed for a reason. It’s got seeds that travel far and fast.” In places where lower intensity fire moved through, where the under story was removed but the trees were left largely unharmed – that’s where the fastest healing takes place. “You might start seeing some trees that looked like they were pretty well charred coming back to life,” Kertis said. “Oregon white oak, big leaf maple, Douglas fir – it’s almost like the plants are kind of shaking

“Knowing we are entering into, or are in the midst of, a warm dry period and knowing that it’s important to select species that will survive, if you’re thinking about planting and you want to see things that might do well, you might look south,” she said. “Some of the species that folks are planting are incense cedar, sugar pine, giant sequoia and redwood. And hardwoods such as oak are being considered as well.” COURTESY OF RALPH BLOEMERS

themselves and saying, ‘That’s only a scratch.’ Same thing with the herbs and shrubs. They’re going to be coming back. They might look a little funny at first but they’re very well adapted.” The difficulty, Bloemers speculated, lies in having the patience to wait the many years it takes for nature to rebuild what the fire has seemingly taken away. “We love these places because they’re wild and created in disturbance, yet we mourn when they change as we know them,” Bloemers said. “For our own wants we want them to be static and they never will be.” Nor should they be, especially with global warming making it more necessary than ever for plants to adapt. “From a climate change perspective, it’s a time of change but it’s also a time for a kind of shift in a plant perspective,” Kertis confirmed. “Douglas fir live to be 1,000 years old – that’s a long time to wait for things to change – so, fires play a role in that change.” Already Rau is observing a southern shift in planting zones and councils those who are planning on replanting lost trees to take these changes into account.

Another reason to think beyond replacement when deciding what to plant is the current shortage of tree seedlings. Nurseries throughout Oregon are struggling with supplies due to the requirement that private landowners who are salvage logging replant removed trees within two years. “We estimate there might be a need for 100 million seedlings right away – based on the acreage that was so severely burned,” Glenn Ahrens, an OSU Extension Service Forester working with private landowners, said. “In a normal year we might replant 40 million trees. So, if they’re not in the business and have already ordered seedlings, where are they going to get the trees? The nurseries did not plan for this.” Planting seedlings can be problematic in other ways as well, according to Kertis. “The problem with salvage logging huge plots and planting one species is you’re putting all your eggs in one basket. Just like with crops, if you put all your money in crop A and all of a sudden, an insect comes and destroys the crop... that’s a problem.” The answer, according to Kertis, lies in maintaining diversity. It can be a real challenge, she acknowledged, when people live, work and recreate, all within the forest landscape.

“We can’t create these resilient landscapes in a vacuum,” she said. “Timber lands need to work with national forest lands and private landowners to create these resilient landscapes. You have to collaborate with your neighbors because of the way fire moves through. I think it takes a paradigm shift. But I think it takes these kinds of disturbances to get people open to thinking about it.” The bottom line is, we can’t suppress all fires, nor should we, according to Rau. “The people who lived in the Willamette Valley prior to colonization were very comfortable with fire and didn’t put it out. And although a lot of indigenous practitioners are very aware of the destructive nature of fire, there’s a respect for fire and that’s a lot different than fearing it. “I encourage people to develop a respect for fire and look to the people who have lived a lot longer on the landscape than us.” “It’s becoming more clear that something has to happen,” Kertis agreed. “And we need to look to the past and we need to look to the future in terms of making those decisions. Because you have a group of people who are looking back and saying this is what was. And you have a group looking at the future and saying – Ah! You need a group of people looking at both. “We knew fire was an important process and we think fire needs to be an important part of the system. But it’s not just as simple as reintroducing fire... “It’s going to take dedication and open minds and paradigm shift to think about future, resilient landscapes. We all have to work together to be successful.” Licensed in the State of Oregon

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Sublimity Councilman Greg Atkin recently resigned his seat after serving two and a half years of a four-year term. One of the best highlights of his position has been “working for the citizens of Sublimity and the city’s awesome staff,” Atkin said. “Many residents are unaware of the excellent work we receive from our city employees to keep our town safe and an enjoyable place to live and raise our families,” he added. “I have had the pleasure to work with a city council, mayor and city staff to help ensure that Sublimity residents have a safe place to live and prosper.”

“As a city councilman in charge of law enforcement and emergency management, when the COVID pandemic hit, Greg spearheaded the effort to make masks,” Kingsbury said.

“A big shout out to Katie Scott, our city recorder, for all her efforts on this project,” Atkin said. “The website will be online soon.”

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The North Santiam School District has opened three summer programs for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

“Additionally, our Transitions students will have a half-day of teacher-led instruction, focusing on cooking and the Life Skills students will work at the Aumsville food bank in the afternoon,” Bolin said.

“Our K-8 program will support students by working on foundational ELL and math skills,” said Dave Bolin, NSSD’s assistant superintendent. “Our summer school program will concentrate on the recovery of skills that some students may need extra support with to be more prepared and successful in the coming school year.”

“We will be offering meal services, both breakfast and lunch. Several teachers will be offering extension activities in STEM and CTE courses for students.”

special funds provided by the state of Oregon. According to Bolin, two grants written and approved by NSSD, the K-8 Summer Enrichment Program Grant and Summer Academic Support Grants for 9-12 are funded by HB 5042A, and requires 20 percent in matching funds from the district. The House Bill authorized the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to make available $195.6 million General Fund and $10 million Federal Funds in grant funding to participating school districts for academic summer school to support high school students facing academic credit loss, summer enrichment programs, and wrap-around child care.

Targeted for skill development, Summer School, including the session for English Language Learners, runs five weeks from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, from now until July 30.

The Algebra Readiness – AVID Summer Bridge Program prepares high school students who need acceleration in algebra skills, by providing an interactive, hands-on math program designed to get students’ brains moving while learning advanced math concepts, Bolin said.

“We will focus on students who have struggled in this challenging school year by keeping class sizes small and reinforcing concepts that they learned throughout the school year,” Bolin said. “We also want to continue to support student’s social and emotional needs as well. We will offer STEAM enrichment activities beyond the focused learning time. We want to do all we can to provide enrichment activities to make the learning experience fun and inviting so kids will want to come.”

“Focusing on math acceleration will help student engage in as many educational options as possible, including being prepared to enter a four-year university, and helps students stay on track for graduation,” he said. Summer Extension is designed as an enrichment program for after-school and will include field trips, educational activities, and visits from organizations such as OMSI. Designed for students K-12, the high school activities will focus on credit recovery.

“We have several fun extension activities opportunities planned for any K-8 student to participate in,” he said. “OMSI will be on site and several teachers are offering fun after school extensions that will be fun for students. Robotics, art, 3D printing, field trips and more!”

According to Bolin, Stayton High School will utilize and online credit recovery program for core classes and teacher-led

So far, approximately 250 students and 50 staff will participate in the summer programs, which are funded by one-time

For more information, call the NSSD office at 503-769-1582 or 503-769-5935.

“This is a great opportunity for kids and for our schools,” Bolin said. “Some of the opportunities include funding for new technology which can also be carried over into the next school year to improve instruction at all schools in the district.”

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The Stayton High wrestling squad took home an individual state title and one runner-up finish in the Oregon Class 4A title meet at Cascade. Mauro Michel, a two-time state champ at Cascade, wrestled for the Eagles this season and finished 18-0 after his pin of Dylan Smith of Banks in the championship match at 126 pounds. Michel won all four of his matches by fall, using just 3:19 total of elapsed time. Meanwhile, Eagles 138-pounder Eli Howard advanced to the championship match against Braden Carson of LaGrande but fell via pin. Ben Adams (113) and Connor Hollenbeck (182) also won matches for the Eagles, who finished 10th in the team race. Host Cascade, which was 14th in the team race, had one state champion, Lance Van Hoose at 160 pounds. Van Hoose defeated Jesse Jamison of Sweet

state tournament. The Regis girls, meanwhile, rang up a 12-2 district record, losing the league title to Central Linn (13-1). The Rams finished 12-3 after falling 41-36 to Bandon in the Class 2A playoffs. Home 7-4 in the final. Trenton Wymore of the Cougars advanced to the semifinals at 138 and wound up falling 5-4 to Benito Roman of Woodburn in the third-place match. Also winning a match for Cascade was 132pound Tayton Miller. Also participating for the Cougars were James Hoffman (106), Payton Burlingame (113), Adrian Cotton (113), Caymus Roache (145) and Andrew Snyder (195). Basketball: The Cascade boys were 13-3 overall and captured the Oregon West Conference crown with a 6-0 league record. The Cougars started the season 1-2, then reeled off 12 consecutive wins before falling 60-54 to Marshfield in the

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and infielder Will Ramos earning honorable mention. Softball: OWC champion Cascade, which was 12-6 overall and advanced to the 4th-place game in the state tournament, earned six first-team spots on the allOregon West team. Honored from the Cougars were pitcher Hannah Walliman, infielders Alexis Bales, Jaimy Bangert and Abby Jeppsen and outfielders Emma Hilfiker and Kailee Bode. Stayton, 7-9, had one first-teamer, outfielder Jade Beaumont, and one second-teamer, outfielder Brielle Kessler. Golf: Regis captured the team title for District 2, which includes 11 schools. Participating for the Rams were Drew Dickey, Wyatt Baughman, Colt Baughman, Jacob Persons, Nick Woods, Eric Silbernagel and Cutler Nelson. Darren Dickey coached the squad. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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A Grin at the End

Perspective

Beating the cynicism disease

We’re all going to be OK. That is the inescapable conclusion I have reached. I was at a minor league baseball game a few weeks ago, scanning the crowd between pitches. There were families enjoying the evening as the boys of summer sparkled on the diamond. The homers were accompanied by lusty cheers, a light breeze played among the pennants posted beyond center field. For the seventh-inning stretch God Bless America was sung along with the obligatory Take Me out to the Ballgame. So good. After more than a year of this virus and that wildfire, of uncertainty and government confusion, we are back on track. My wife and I got out of town, visiting relatives and re-upping my love of the East Coast. Everywhere we went we saw friendly faces, some swathed in masks, others not. But it was the eyes that revealed a confident hopefulness everywhere we went. It reminded me that the strength of the human spirit is not confined to a place. It’s in our DNA. No matter what is thrown at us, no matter what we need to do to get through to tomorrow, we will do it. I was visiting recently with my mother-in-law. In her 99

all there, all we have to do is reach out and hold on for dear life, through the tragedies, the illnesses. As importantly, there are also the successes, miracles and wonders, all driven by that natural force called love. 

years, she has been through the Depression, World War II – she served in the Coast Guard – and made it through numerous stock market crashes, floods, earthquakes and other tragedies, large and small. But she has also witnessed history, from the first transatlantic plane flight to the first man on the moon, from the founding of the United Nations, which hasn’t lived up to its potential, to the founding of the internet, which has. All while raising 14 kids, in Alaska. So good. For her, and for the rest of us really, today is always the best day ever. Rain or shine, we all have the opportunity to make the best of what we have, and who we have. It’s

Cynicism is a common disease these days. It has infected some people, who apparently want all that’s good and none of the burdens in life. A guy I saw in Portland the other day pretty well summed up this attitude. He was wearing a hat that announced, “People Suck.” All I could think is, there’s one. I was in the Chicago airport on my way home. A young lady offered to move so I could sit in one of those seats with the phone chargers attached. While I was fussing with the wire she told me her story. She had been visiting her fiancé in the hospital. He had been in a terrible truck wreck and barely escaped with his life. But he’s going to be OK, she said. He has to, because they are getting married in August. So good. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton. His novels are available on amazon.com.

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