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By Mary Owen Sue Sweeney and Linda Smith call themselves “everyday people.” “We just wanted to do something for the children in the Santiam Canyon,” Sweeney said. The “something” is the School Kick Off 2017, a free event for all school-age children in the area who can use some help with school supplies, gently-used clothing, personal hygiene items and more.

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“The idea started with the homeless count last January,” Sweeney said. “Here in Lyons we didn’t have very many children’s clothing to give away, and there is a great need for gently-used clothing.”

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“Kids need to have something warm and cozy to wear at the end of the day,” Sweeney said. “Then we added blankets. Another great need is hygiene items.

“When families are on a limited-budget, hygiene items may be hard to come by. So we now will have a personal hygiene table. We’re also hoping to send laundry detergent home with each family.” Donated over a six-month period, clothing is washed and ready. Distribution will be 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 5th St., Lyons. A dressing room will be provided so children can try on clothing. “We are hoping for a fun-filled day for the kids,” Sweeney said. “We are hoping to have hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn, which we need donations for. We’re having music and drawings for gift baskets for moms and dads, also, so they too can have some fun.” Depending on the number of donations, a limit may be set per child. A clearance at 4-5 p.m. will take place to give away items that are left over. “We will also have the drawings at 4 p.m.,” Sweeney said. “You don’t need to

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Free clothes, supplies available to students There is still time to donate, especially accessories such as notepads, purses, coats, shoes and boots, organizers said.

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“We are also looking for someone to donate their time to do face painting,” Sweeney said.

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Volunteers aee needed for set-up, takedown and clean-up, she added. “Without community involvement, it’s very difficult to pull this off,” Sweeney said. “Please, everybody spread the word. We want to help as many as possible, and this is for all children, pre-school through high school, in the Santiam Canyon.”

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If all goes well, the event may take place again next year, she said. “Our hope is for this to be a fun, for every child whatever age to leave the event with a smile on their face,” Sweeney said. For information or to arrange pick-up of a donation, call Sweeney, 503-749-2149 or Smith, 503-551-6674.

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State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is cautioning all campers to heed campfire safety rules and tips. • Check if campfires are allowed before you light one. • Keep a shovel and water nearby to extinguish escaped embers. • Select a site away from grasses, shrubs, overhanging branches, and firewood. Existing fire pits in campgrounds are best. • Scrape away debris to bare soil at least 10 feet around the fire pit. • Circle the fire pit with rocks; start the fire with paper or manufactured fire starters, NEVER use gasoline. • Keep fires small. • NEVER leave a campfire unattended. • Before going to bed or leaving the site, drown the fire with water, stir the coals, and drown again.

Agencies throughout Marion County are taking steps to keep people safe through the weekend of the Great American Eclipse. “Our Focus with River Fusion 22 is on the positive economic impact for our local businesses and organizations that an influx of visitors will provide and the engaging experiences we are planning for visitors,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. “With such thorough plans for all kinds of contingencies from our public safety officials, I feel confident that we can count on them to handle any major problems that may arise while we focus on the fun.”

Organizers make plans for eclipse visitors location festival,” McKenzie said. “I am truly impressed with the planning that is going into creating wonderful events for our visitors, and with the hours and brain power so many volunteers are putting into River Fusion 22.” Putting safety measures in place is a major step in assuring a positive experience for visitors and residents, McKenzie said. “When people feel safe, they can have more fun, and that is what we want our visitors to experience.” Santiam Hospital plans to have staff “basically live onsite for the duration so they can ensure that they have plenty of healthcare staff available in the event they’re needed,” McKenzie said.

forest fires that we hope don’t erupt.” Grady McMahan, district ranger with the Detroit Ranger District is taking steps to meet the extra demands on forestry campsites and the possibility of heavily congested roads up and down the Santiam Canyon. “We are coordinating with our local emergency service providers, as well as providing extra office hours and staff in the woods to make this a safe and enjoyable event,” McMahan said. “Be prepared to share the woods with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.”

River Fusion 22 is a coordinated effort designed to promote tourism throughout the North Santiam River Country.

“Ed Flick from the Office of Emergency Management in Marion County is also very well organized, as is the county’s Sheriff Office,” she added.

Camp Taloali will have a nursing station open, adding another link to the healthcare/emergency response staging areas along Hwy 22. The camp also has a large field that can be utilized for a medical helicopter, if needed, and a water access point from the river.

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“Pick up any prescriptions early, too, and reschedule appointments that may fall on the 21st to a later date,” McKenzie suggested. “You’ll not only have the supplies you need for the weekend, keeping in mind that most stores won’t be restocking on Monday either, but it will help ease the stress on the gas stations and grocery stores that will be selling goods to visitors so there is plenty to go around.” Other tips include: Know where landlines are in your neighborhood in the event of a personal emergency. Cell phone coverage may be spotty or non-existent in certain areas of the North Santiam Canyon. Get cash early for any transaction you may need to make. Add food, water and other necessary supplies to your car; be prepared to share. Use back roads to get around. Updated information is available by dialing 511 or visiting



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Scope out your eclipse viewing spot early and make sure to get eclipse glasses; 10 seconds is all it takes for permanent, irrepairable eye damage. Be patient when out and about and be kind to others. “We will have a lot of people in our area who are not from Oregon, and it’s a great opportunity to demonstrate what a friendly place we are,” McKenzie said. The city of Salem has initiated an eclipse website that lists up-to-date information from all participating agencies through its Marion County/City of Salem Joint Information Center/System. . Marion County Emergency Management is focusing heavily on public information needs throughout the county. A link to Oregon Solar Eclipse Safety Tips assembled by the State Fire Marshal and other eclipse-related materials is available at



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participated in it,” she added. “In 2015, over 2,500 stores were involved. Last year, they invited parts of Europe and this year, Australia.”

A row of ants carrying picnic items is this year’s Row by Row Experience creation by Quilt ‘n Stitch owner Marty White. Row by Row is an international “shop hop” that gives quilters an opportunity to travel to any participating brick-andmortar quilt shop for a free pattern. Organizers claim it’s a “low-stress, fun way” for shop owners to welcome customers to their store. White, who is busy getting ready for her own shop hop, shared the story of ladies who cashed in a plane ticket, rented a van, made their map, and started visiting participating stores on their way back to Florida. “They were so excited!” she said. “It’s not too late to get in on the fun!” With the Row by Row experience, the first person to bring their finished quilt, using at least eight different rows from eight different participating shops, will win a stash of “25 fat quarters” (that’s 6¼

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White expects more shops to participate this year, beating out last year’s 3,122 number of participants.

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yards of fabric). If the winner uses Quilt ‘n Stitch’s row in the completed quilt, a bonus prize is awarded. “This year’s project is based on the theme, On the Go, and each shop comes up with their own interpretation,” said White, who heard about the experience from another shop owner. “I thought why not marching ants.” In addition to the free pattern, White explained participants can purchase kits to make their row. Patterns must be picked up at participating shows by Sept. 5 and

turn in their completed quilts for prize consideration by Oct. 31. “If quilters want to participate, they are welcome to come in the store for their free pattern,” said White, who would love Santiam Canyon stitchers to join in the fun. The Row by Row Experience was started in 2011 with 20 quilt shops across New York State, and spread to the entire United States and Canada, she said. “That first year 1,250 total stores

“Shops in Europe are even participating,” she said. “There are no borders for customers!” Also new this year is the Row by Row Experience’s program, Row by Row Junior, designed for kids ages 6 to 14. Blue “Made This!” ribbons will be awarded to the first five kids who return to a shop with an item made from a Row by Row Junior pattern. More details about this campaign as well as future Row by Row experiences is available at www.rowbyrowexperience. com. For more information on how to participate, call White at 503-767-4240 or visit

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event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. For location, call 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. Tai Chi lead by certified teacher Wendy Stone. $20/year. Repeats Fridays. 503-769-8860 Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.


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Mill City National Night Out

5:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. City-wide potluck. Bring lawn chair, potluck dish to share. 503-897-2302

Stayton National Night Out

6 p.m. Stayton Police Department provides hot dogs, hamburgers at Pioneer Park, Quail Run Park, Santiam Park, Westown Park. Bring store bought potluck dish to share. 503-769-3423

Aumsville National Night Out

6 - 9 p.m. Aumsville Police Department provides hamburgers, hot dogs at Wildwood Park, Panther Park, Highberger Park, Mill Creek Estates, Windemere Estates. Bring own table service, beverages, dish to share. 503-749-2188

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Aug. 15.

Wednesday, Aug. 2 Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 503-769-3464

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. New members, guests welcome. Contact hostesses Betty Heald, 503-767-4123, Betty Trevena, 503-743-2029, for reservations.

Dusk, Church Park, 350 E Main St., Sublimity. Despicable Me 2. Bring lawn chair, snacks. 503-769-5475

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

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

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

Thursday, Aug. 3 Movies in the Garden

7 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Today: Kill Bill Vol. 1 (R). Aug. 10: The Little Rascals (PG). Aug. 17: Edward Scissorhands (PG13). Aug. 24: School of Rock (PG-13). Aug. 31: The Lorax (PG). $4 adults, $3 ages 12 - 17, $2 ages 5 - 11. Children 4 and under free. Season pass $15. Well-behaved pets on leash welcome. Attendees must show ID for R-rated movies; under 18 not admitted without adult. Beer, wine available for purchase. Movies start at dusk.

Friday, Aug. 4 Homer Davenport Festival

11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Arts & crafts, food, music, kids activities, parade, fun run, car show. Repeats 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 6. 503-873-5615,

Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, Aug. 5 Mommy & Baby Palooza

10 a.m - 2 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Learn about new baby items, healthy food choices, exercise, prenatal care. Browse vendors. Food vendors, live music. Kids Court with face painting, balloon animals, bouncy house, photo booth. Free admission. Presented by Family Birth Center and Santiam Women’s Clinic. 503-769-2175

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Sublimity Movie in the Park

3 p.m. Stayton Public Library. Make eclipse pinhole viewer with help from Jennifer Godfrey. Grades 6 – 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Sunday, Aug. 6 6 - 8 p.m., Kimmel Park, Mill City. Welcome Andy and Cein Caldwell, new minister of Mill City Christian Church. Pie, ice cream served. Hosted by Gates Community Church of Christ. 503-897-3210

Monday, Aug. 7 Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Aug. 8 Marion Commissioner 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

Stayton High Registration

7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton High. Get class schedule, locker assignment, student ID. Pay fees. New students need to call school office, 503-769-2171, after Aug. 7. Repeats 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Aug. 9.

Santiam Historical Society

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

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 eligible to join. Repeats Aug. 22. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, Aug. 9 Marion Estates Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Friends of Stayton Pool

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

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Thursday, Aug. 10 North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Friday, Aug. 11 Summer Antique Faire

5 - 9 p.m., Union Hill Grange, 15755 SE Grange Road, Sublimity. Molly Mo’s annual Faire’s early buying party. $10 admission. Vendors, food, beer & wine tent, live music. Repeats 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Aug. 12 with $3 admission fee. 503-510-0820

Saturday, Aug. 12 Second Saturday Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Seasonal produce, yard art, home decor, more. Door prizes. Every second Saturday through September.Vendor applications at Colleen, 503-749-2030

Paws for the Cause

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stayton Veterinary Hospital, 1308 N First Ave. Third annual dog wash. Free with donation of food, pet or human, to benefit Marion Polk Food Share, Safe Haven Humane Society. Drawings for prize baskets; tickets $1 each. Vendor booths. Face painting. Dunk Tank. 503-769-7387

Flea Market

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

Concert in the Park

5 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Old Time Fiddlers perform. Free. 503-749-2030

Chamber After Hours

5 - 8 p.m., The Oaks at Lebanon Retirement and Assisted Living, 621 W Oak St., Lebanon. Enjoy Lyrics on the Lawn, music, food, brews. Chamber members, families welcome. Tickets $8 each, and can be purchased at Stayton/ Sublimity Chamber prior to event. 503-769-3464

Movies in the Park

Dusk, Stayton Community Center Park. Today: Moana. Aug. 26: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 503-769-8048

Monday, Aug. 14 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

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Wednesday, Aug. 16 StaytonSublimity Chamber Greeters

8 a.m. US Bank, 480 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464

Stayton Library Board

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

Thursday, Aug. 17 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

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Oregon Author Visit

7 p.m. Stayton Public Library. Stayton High graduate Rob Magnuson Smith, award-winning novelist, speaks. Reception follows. Free. 503-769-3313

Friday, Aug. 18 Black Out at Detroit Lake

Noon - midnight, Detroit. Live music, beer garden, food, kids entertainment.

Howl at the Moon Block Party

5 - 9 p.m., downtown Stayton. Stayton restaurants offer live entertainment, adult beverages, Howl at the Moon contest.

Saturday, Aug. 19 Firefighters Breakfast

6 - 10 a.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Ham, eggs, pancakes, coffee, juice, milk. Adults $6; seniors 60 and older, children 6 - 12 $5; children 5 and under free. Benefits volunteer firefighter activities, supplies. 503-749-2894

Friendz Market Place

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Bus Barn, 1255 Wilco Road, Stayton. Shopping with lots of parking. Repeats Aug. 20, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Clothing Giveaway

10 a.m. - noon, Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Kids clothing giveaway. by Friends of the Family.

School Kickoff 2017

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Clothing give-away event for parents and school-aged children who live in the Santiam Canyon. Hygiene items, accessories, snacks, beverages. Sue, 503-749-2149 11 a.m., Porter-Boone Park, Aumsville. “Total Eclipse of the Cob.” Parade, live music, competitive games, free hotbuttered corn on the cob. Parade 11 a.m.

Total Eclipse of the Sun

6 - 9 p.m., Anthony Hall, 11758 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Grill your own steak, baked potato, sides, salad. Steak dinner $21.95 adults, $16.95 children 12 and under. Chicken dinner $17.95 adults, $13.95 children 12 and under.

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Aumsville Corn Festival

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Noon - 8 p.m., Kimmel Park, Mill City. Live entertainment by Cascade Rye and The Canyon All Stars. Food, craft vendors, beer & wine garden, arts & crafts, eclipse education, kids’ activities. Presented by Santiam Hearts to Arts, North Santiam Chamber of Commerce. Free admission; donations accepted.

Dead Man’s Chest

2 & 6 p.m., Santiam Golf Course, 8724 Golf Club Road, Aumsville. Interactive murder mystery presented by Aumsville Community Theatre. Pirate costumes encouraged. $40, includes lunch or dinner at 6 p.m. showing. Reservations: Beverly, 503-383-2198; Pat, 503-979-0300

Night Before S’Mores Party

7 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Help attempt to break the world record for the most people making S’mores at the same time. Entertainment by Joe Stoddard, followed by sing-along, star gazing. $5 per carload, up to 4 people. Additional people pay $2 per head at gate. Passes available at

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Aug. 22 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Cascade High. New students only. Repeats Aug. 23. Call 503749-8020 after Aug. 4.

Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Veterinary Hospital, 1308 N First Ave. 503-7693464

Cascade High Registration

Noon - 8 p.m., Cascade High. Returning students. School pictures. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 24. 503-749-8020

Teen Summer Party

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate end of summer with a party in the park. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Monday, Aug. 28 Build a Better Party!

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Summer reading program end of the year party with Angel Ocasio. Everyone who participated in program welcome. Free. 503-769-3313

Monday, Aug. 21

Aumsville City Council

4:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Eclipse viewing areas, viewing glasses, live music, outdoor movie, food carts, cash bars. $30; children 4 and under free with paid adult.

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Sublimity Eclipse Viewing

6 a.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. View solar eclipse. Complimentary viewing glasses for first 1,000 people. $15 per passenger vehicle. Passes available at

Path of Totality Festival

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silver Falls State Park. Eclipse viewing, brunch, live music, mimosa bar, local craft brew, wine tasting. $125, includes viewing glasses, commemorative gift. 866-575-8875,

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public. 503-769-3425

Wednesday, Aug. 30 Chamber Greeters at the Parklet

8 a.m., Stayton Parklet, Third Avenue. Hosted by Friends of Old Town Stayton. 503-769-3464

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion group for adults. This month’s selection is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Free. No registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Something Fun

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Aumsville’s August pops with festivals, sales, performances

By Mary Owen Eat corn and win cash! “Come and enjoy the fun and help us use up 25 tons of local corn from Lewis Farms” is the tag line for the 49th annual Aumsville Corn Festival on Aug. 19 at PorterBoone Park. Winners at the corn-eating contest at Aumsville’s Corn Festival in three age groups will win prizes. Groups are: 8-11 and 12-15 with cash prizes of $10, $20 and $30 and a plaque for first place, and 16 and older with cash prizes of $20, $40 and $80 and a large plaque for first place. The corn festival draws big crowds every year, and since it will be held on the weekend of the Great American Eclipse, even more people are expected this year, organizers agree. The festival will kick off with the Aumsville Rural Fire Department Breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. followed by festivities starting at 11 a.m. in Porter-Boone Park. This year’s theme is “Total Eclipse of the Cob.” “We will have a few new craft and food vendors this year and should have around 60 vendors,” said Sonny Newson, chair of the Corn Festival Committee. “This year we will also have the Cascade Cheerleaders performing at noon in Porter-Boone Park. They are led by Allie Greenwell.”

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noon to 6 p.m. for a couple of hours,” he said. Also starting at 11 a.m., the Corn Festival Parade winds through downtown. Pre-register or register at 8 a.m. on the day of the parade at the Bethel Baptist Church parking lot. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and prizes will be given to: Mayor’s Choice Winner, trophy; Judges’ Choice Winner, trophy; Best Youth Entry, trophy and $250; and Grand Theme Winner, trophy and $250. The parade is free to enter, and participants receive a ribbon. Volunteers are still needed for a variety of jobs and must attend an orientation training prior to Aug. 19. “It’s still free to enter, and everyone receives a participation ribbon,” Newsom said. “ Parade sponsors are: Jim Reed Insurance, Pacific Power, Jerry Flowers and JMS Engineers.

will be: treasure hunt, 1 p.m.; three-legged race, 2 p.m.; individual sack race, 2:45 p.m.; egg toss, 3:30 p.m.; corneating contest, 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Hillyer’s Stayton Ford; and keg toss, 5:15 p.m. For the Corn Festival, admission is free, No dogs are allowed in the park during the festival. For parade information, contact Colleen Rogers, 503749-1049, For festival information, contact Sonny Newson 503-313-2325.

Pre-festival highlights Aug. 12 will be another busy day in Aumsville. The Aumsville 2nd Saturday Market takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the city hall parking lot and community center. Vendor spaces are $15. The market is free to shoppers.

Sponsored by the Marion Soils and Water Conservation District, free ears of hot-buttered corn-on-the-cob will be handed out, two ears per person at the park. A drawing will also be held with tickets for $1 each or six for $5. Riverview Community Bank is also donating a sevenday Honolulu Hawaiian trip (Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2018) for a prize drawing; cost is $5 a ticket or six for $25.

The Aumsville Community Theatre presents the Old Time Radio Show Treasure Island 11 a.m. to noon on in the community center. Admission is free.

Family games with prizes start at 1 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with different age groups for each event. They

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Finally, the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers perform at 5 p.m. on Aumsville’s new stage at Porter-Boone Park. Admission is free. The Mill Creek Pickers will also make a guest appearance.

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The Friends of Old Town Stayton see the interest the Aug. 21 Great American Eclipse of 2017 as the perfect party invitation. Tourism experts are predicting thousands of visitors to the Path of Totality which runs directly through the North Santiam River Country, including Stayton. FOTS, however, sees it as a perfect reason for a block party for the “great, awesome, fantastic, talented and above average residents of Stayton.” Of course, if visitors drop by that perfectly OK, too. Aug. 18 – the Friday before the Moon and the Sun put on their big show – everyone is welcome to head down to Third Avenue 5 to 9 p.m. for a little family friendly howling at the moon. Events include games, a photo booth, fish rodeo (yes, fish). a howling contest and prizes as well as a beer garden and music. The event is part of the River Fusion 22 celebration that will bubble through North Santiam River communities Aug. 18 - 21. Organizers have prepared eclipse-themed goodies from t-shirts and ornaments to beverage growlers. More information is available at

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Sharon Frichtl

Sept. 2, 1937 – July 6, 2017

Sharon (Meyerhofer) Frichtl was born in the historic Brown House during its days as the Stayton Hospital to Hubert and Mary Meyerhofer on Sept. 2, 1937. She was the only daughter in a family that included three sons. She passed away suddenly in her Sublimity home July 6, 2017. She was 79.

I first met Sharon nearly ten years ago during my interview for a graphic design position at Our Town. For several years, before my colleague Dan Thorp took over, I spent at least one day of the week in Stayton, holding down the fort in the “print shop” while Sharon went out performing her dedicated work. She would bounce back through the big glass door wearing her Audrey Hepburn-style sunglasses and launch the most buoyant “Hi!” my way. After the day’s business was winding down, we would have long talks about work, life, and the community. Despite our different ages, she always treated me as a peer. I will never forget her fun side, her generosity, and the trust she gave me in my early professional career. Thank you, Sharon. – Tavis Bettoli-Lotten

During high school Sharon participated in drama, and her love of singing continued throughout her life. She graduated from St. Boniface in 1955. Sharon married Jim Frichtl on Oct. 12, 1957, and together they raised their son Aaron. She started her career working for the State of Oregon before moving on to Bishop’s Clothing Store in Salem. Sharon later worked as a teller for First National Bank and then for Home Federal Savings, both in Stayton. Impressed by her customer service, Frank Crow, then owner and publisher of The Stayton Mail, asked her to come work at the paper. She began a career in newspaper advertising that would span five decades and bring her into contact with almost every business and generations of business owners in the Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville

and Santiam Canyon region.

As one of the co-founders and co-owners Sharon provided a sense of fun and focus right up to her retirement in December 2015. She cared about her clients and it showed. Sharon enjoyed shopping and gardening and it was reflected in her sharp style and manicured yard. She also was an excellent cook and her potluck contributions were legendary. Sharon was a fun-loving person. Many a friend and acquaintance has a favorite “Sharon story.” She will be greatly missed and fondly

GET WHERE remembered by many. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Ted and Andrew. She is survived by her husband of YOU’RE GOING almost 60 years, Jim, her son Aaron, daughter-in-law Deonna, grandson Zalen, and her brother David. THIS SUMMER.

Eventually The Stayton Mail was sold to the Statesman Journal and Gannett Newspapers and after several years Sharon decided to retire. She left Gannett in 2004. Then she put her indefatigable energy into a new community newspaper. That October the Santiam edition of Our Town began serving the advertisers and community to which she was so devoted.

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Keith and Kara met on Christian Mingle four years ago on the Fourth of July, and Kara said, “There were fireworks!” Kara moved to Stayton when they got married just six weeks later. “Now our gifts are combined,” said Kara, who recognized “brilliant, young musicians with a love of people, who needed help with the business end of private music teaching.

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After 23 years of working at the Stayton Safeway, Keith acquired skills to run the administrative end of the business. He tracks appointments for all of the teachers and students, does the scheduling, and as Kara noted “the re-scheduling and re-scheduling.” “We like to be flexible to work around sports, sickness and family vacations and our teachers’ musical performances,” she said. The musical duo currently offers lessons in musical theater, songwriting, music theory, voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, violin and cello. “We hope to expand our strings department to include viola and bass and an orchestra,” Kara said. “We plan to offer Broadway musicals, talent shows and garage bands. “We also have exciting plans for encouraging our students to practice outside of lessons, the brainchild of a 30-year piano teacher who wanted to use creative ideas to adapt to the way life is now,” she added. “We don’t do life the way we did in the ‘50s, so we need to adapt the way we teach private music lessons.”

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Musical aspirations matched with inspiration some from as far away as Albany, Keizer, Wilsonville and Molalla. Rising Star Studios also offers video lessons for piano and voice, and several teachers offer home lessons. Prices vary by location and teacher, and 30-minute lessons range from $15 to $25. Depending on the interest of students, recitals are typically held several times a year to showcase student talent.

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The couple tells their teachers to “follow the light in their eyes.” “When we see their eyes light up, we know they’re on the fast track to learning and creating music,” Kara said. “It’s our job to find their inspiration. Funny thing is, when the student is inspired, I get to see the joy in the young teacher’s eyes. And that’s what brings a spark to my life.” Keith said he loves sitting at his desk and “watching the happy, smiling faces of our students coming for their lessons.” “My pure joy is that moment when I receive a text saying, ‘I would like to sign up for lessons,’” he said. Starting small and growing through word of mouth and the Stayton Community Connections page on Facebook, Rising Star Studios now has 85 weekly students. Most come from the Stayton area, but

“We follow the interest of the public,” said Keith on Rising Star events. “Kara is currently having a conversation on the Facebook page about what programs the public would like us to offer. We are talking about starting a girl’s chorus and adult choir.” In July, STOMP! Camp took place – a week of rhythm and percussion lessons with choreographed movement using hands and fee and ordinary objects to create a unique type of music. “If you’re the kid who loves to click your pen, drums on your desk, or always has to keep moving, this is the camp for you,” according to website information on the event. “Stayton has been so good to us!” Kara said. “We feel like we are a perfect fit for this town. It’s home!” For information, text Kara at 971-304-4255 or visit

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Football debuts set The Stayton High football team will make its debut under new coach Randy Nyquist at home on Sept. 1 against Estacada. Cascade, which advanced to the Class 4A semifinals a year ago, opens on the road Sept. 1 at Marshfield in Coos Bay. The two Oregon West Conference rivals meet Sept. 29 at Cascade. Regis, meanwhile, begins defense of its Class 2A state title with a Sept. 1 home contest vs. Blanchet Catholic. The Rams close the regular season at Kennedy. Teams in cross country, football, volleyball and soccer can begin conditioning drills Aug. 7. The first full practice date is Aug. 14, with first OSAA-sanctioned contests or jamborees starting Aug. 24. Alumni watch: Chemeketa Community College freshman centerfielder Tabatha Humphrey, from Cascade, batted .364 for the 18-23 Storm and led the team in

Stayton, Cascade meet Sept. 29 (10.93) and seventh in the 200 (22.48) while also running a leg on the Warriors’ fourth-place 4x400 relay squad which ran 3:21.71. Martin helped lead Corban to a fourth-place team finish.

runs scored (41), stolen bases (14) and was tied for the second on the squad with 52 hits. She struck out just eight times in 143 at-bats. Chemeketa sophomore Ashley Fislar, another former Cascade athlete, batted .294 as a third baseman with four homers and 18 RBIs. Corban University sophomore Shelby Jenkins, from Aumsville, finished fourth in the triple jump at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships with a mark of 34-10. Jenkins also took 12th in the long jump (15-7.75). Nathan Martin, a Corban junior from Cascade, finished seventh in the 100

Eastern Oregon junior Liz Ayers, from Regis, participated in three events at the Cascade Conference championships. She finished sixth in the hammer (136-2), eighth in the javelin (114-10) and 13th in the shot put (32-10.25) Stayton fun runs: More than 170 people participated in the annual 4th of July runs, with two stars from Stayton High’s district cross country championship team turning in victories. Casey Pugh, an in-coming senior, won the 5-kilometer trail event in 17:19.2, while teammate Matthew Frazeur, a junior in the fall, ran 37:34.6 to win the 10K trail run. Michelle Rose, 29, was the top woman in the 10K (41:52.3),while Lisa Trimble

Scheirman, 39, was the first female finisher in the 10K (23:27.5). Amy Nash, 43, was the overall winner and top female in the 3K run in 12:54.2. Keaton Nelson, 18, was the top male in 13:49.7. The 3K walk turned into a family affair, with Sophia Casarez, 13, taking top honors and top female in 19:02.2. Bob Casarez, 47, was the top male in 21:54.3. JBO tournaments: A Stayton midget national squad coached by Kristin Meeker won the state JBO title July 16 in Hillsboro. The Stayton team went undefeated throughout the tournament and defeated Yamhill-Carlton in the title game. Other area teams that participated in JBO state tournaments included Mill City (Senior National), and three other Stayton squads (Midget American, Senior American and Junior American).

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The wonder of it all ... Every once in a while, I am reminded of the fact that I’m not in charge. Neither are you.

Then there are the awe-inspiring sky shows that take place in some parts of our planet. Standing in the darkness of an Alaska winter, you will often see the northern lights, caused by the radiation the sun flings in the direction of our planet. It reaches the upper edges of the atmosphere and sets the molecules aglow, creating multi-colored sheets of light blowing in the solar breeze.

I get up early most mornings, and what I often see blows my mind. The stars splashed across the sky, from horizon to horizon, spinning through space billions of miles away, commingled with the planets that share a star with us – it all gives me a much-needed dose of humility. Even the weather is uncontrollable. In a time when people chatter incessantly about controlling the climate I find it comforting that they cannot predict what the weather will be in 10 minutes, let alone tomorrow or 50 years from now. Some years ago, when we lived in Minnesota, our windmill was hit by lightning. That was 1 billion volts of static electricity that lit up the night sky, brighter than the sun with a crashing explosion of sound louder than a million fireworks. Though the windmill was connected to the house only by plumbing and wiring, that single strike blew out every appliance in the house, from the furnace to the refrigerator and everything in between. It even reversed the polarity of the electrical system in the house. A year later, a mile-wide tornado spun its way across the countryside five miles north of our house. It destroyed an entire town – and everything else that happened to be in its path.

I’ve been in a few earthquakes, most of which were more of an earth shutter. But one that hit Alaska in 1964 was something else. At the time, we lived in Fairbanks, about 350 miles from the epicenter, yet the power knocked dishes off shelves in our apartment building. Today in Anchorage there’s a place, called Earthquake Park, near the airport where waves of soil are frozen in time, like the surf at high tide. Houses in Turnagain Arm that were once three blocks from the Pacific Ocean are now one block away. Then there are volcanoes. Anyone who was around in 1980 when Mount St. Helens blew its top was a witness to the immeasurable internal power the earth possesses. I would suggest that anyone seeking a source of limitless power look down, instead of up.

In a few weeks, we’ll witness yet another example of nature’s wonder. The moon will nudge its way in front of the sun, blotting out the daylight and sending a shroud of darkness over all of us. Total eclipses are rare, but we will get a front-row seat to yet another masterpiece of nature. Nope I’m not in charge here. Like the 7.3 billion or so fellow travelers on this blue-green marble that skitters through the solar system at 67,000 mph, making the circuit once a year, we are simply passengers. Someday, maybe, we’ll learn to enjoy the ride, to appreciate each other as neighbors as we make our way through the universe. We’ll be able to work together, erasing all of the many lines that we have drawn in the sand and soil and in our minds. We’ll embrace one another as we look up and drink in the wonder of it all. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton, Ore.


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