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Something To Talk About Eclipse crowds small but happy..............4 Looking Back Treasure from an old trunk ...................6 Sharing the Brown House .....................8

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Eclipse notes By Mary Owen The Great American Eclipse turned out to be a time of quality over quantity, with no lack of special activities throughout the Santiam Canyon and less people than expected. “Although we did not have the anticipated traffic or crowding problems presented by the larger media outlets, we did indeed have a welcome influx of interesting visitors,” said Carmelle Bielenberg, president/CEO of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, a sponsor of Friday night’s Howl at the Moon. “It was a humbling experience to share our love for our local community with people from all over the globe. We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from tourists to our area, praising both the natural beauty, as well as the friendly, helpful people they encountered during their time here.” Bielenberg said SSCOC received well over 600 people at the Visitor Center

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Check out Eclipse and River Fusion 22 photo highlights at Facebook: Our Town / Santiam in the course of the four-day eclipse weekend. “We met interesting travelers from all over the world that are eager to return to our area and further explore what it has to offer,” she said. Lower numbers helped local campsite providers “flawlessly” handle eclipse visitors, promoter Scott Ingalls said. Ingalls added, “Our guests were constantly complimentary on the site and the overall event. We had folks from all over the world, with most of them from California and Washington. Folks were also able to go tour Silver Falls, or the covered bridges, or go to some of the area events as part of River Fusion 22 without any traffic issues. It turned out very well!” An estimated 800 to 1,000 visitors stopped

in at Mill City to view what more than 45 vendors had for sale, according to organizers of the River City Music & Art Jamboree. “The VIP area had about 100 folks. The beer garden, hosted by the Trio Tavern, was well organized and attended,” said spokesperson Tom Peters. Bielenberg and her colleagues were excited to experience the outcome of the Howl at the Moon Block Party in downtown Stayton on the Friday night prior to the eclipse. “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves, getting to know their neighbors, and patronizing local Third Avenue businesses,” she said. “I think it was a successful inaugural event and look forward to seeing it and other opportunities like it continue and grow.” Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, also commended local businesses for networking to accommodate both visitors and business owners. “Even in the heat of all of this activity

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Putting names to faces By Richard Sly Our family happened upon an ancient trunk a couple years ago. Opening the cover, we discovered a treasure trove of saved family memories. The trunk contained, legal documents, letters, holiday cards and over 200 historical photographs dating back to 1890s, over 125 years ago. We know for certain these were saved by our great-grandparents, Susan and August Zoellner. They arrived in Oregon 1875 to homestead on the foothills of the Cascade Range near Mehama. The Zoellners raised nine children born between 1876 and 1893; five girls and four boys. The Zoellner family were well known in the Santiam Canyon. They had friends in Stayton, Jordan Valley, Elkhorn and neighboring Lyons. The last local surviving son, Gordon Zoellner, was a bachelor farmer and keeper of family memories. He saved family photos, informal snapshots and studio portraits belonging to his parents. A few of the snapshots have handwritten notes on the reverse, most do not. There are pictures and family artifacts belonging to an older brother, William Zoellner who died in 1917 from complications with miner’s black lung disease where he worked near Kellogg and Wardner, Idaho. Also in the trunk are personal effects belonging to a younger brother, Gus Zoellner, an American soldier killed in France during the Great War in 1918.

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“For the most part, once the kitchen was complete, which happened last year, we’ve been available for most any event anyone wants to be something special,” said Wendy Stone, president of the Santiam Heritage Foundation.

“We have recently started a Capital Campaign to engage corporate sponsors to help us complete the second floor and the hospital laundry,” she said. “When complete, the second floor will provide rental space, which we hope will help the house become self-sustaining. We anticipate using the hospital laundry building to educate folks about the years the house served as Stayton’s first hospital.”

To date, the Brown House has opened its doors for various group meetings, but occasional special events peppered the schedule, Stone said. “A local business owner held his Greeters meeting combined with his business’s 40th anniversary celebration in the house,” she said. “Individuals have rented the house for a wedding shower, bridal shower, and a 50th wedding anniversary party. SHF has held Victorian Teas, art shows, concerts, and many open houses, especially during SummerFest.” “The historic nature and beauty of the house lends a certain ambience to memorable events,” Stone said. “Someplace out of the ordinary can make the event that much more memorable.” Future events slated at the Brown House include: Cruise In, Patriot’s Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10, free;


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“Favorites are always the monster trucks and the modified tractors and trucks with their multi-engines and lots of noise,” Ingalls said. “There are always after-race autograph parties on the tracks with the monster trucks and modified vehicles. And the kids really enjoy the KidZone with a zip line, bounce toys and more.” Advanced tickets are available at Wilco Farm stores in Stayton, Silverton and Lebanon or online at the festival’s website. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event. For information, call 503-769-3579. Schedule, shuttle service info, admission prices, sponsor list and more can be found at



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

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4 - 6 p.m., Cascade Medical Clinic, 1375 N 10th Ave., Ste. B, Stayton. $10; firstcome first-served. Grades 7 - 12. Forms must be filled out by parents, guardian before exam. Forms at Provided by Aumsville Medical Clinic.

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

4 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Truck, tractor, monster truck competition. Food booths, vendors, KidZone, live music. Repeats at noon Sept. 9; 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Sept. 8 - 9 admission adults $13, Seniors 62 and older $8, children 6 - 12 $5. Sept. 10 admission adults $12, seniors 62 and older and children 6 - 12 $5. Parking $5. 5 and under free.

Saturday, Sept. 9 Harvest Festival Fun Run

9 a.m., Sublimity School, 431 E. Main St. 10K, 5K, 3K. $10 pre-register; $15 day-of race. Children 12 and under free. Benefits Sublimity Parent Teacher Club. Register at or day of race at 8 a.m.

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. Booth spaces $15. Colleen, 503-749-2030


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Harvest Festival Parade

11 a.m., Sublimity. Starts at Sublimity School, winds throughcenter of town.

Aumsville Community-wide Potluck

4 p.m., Mill Creek Park, Aumsville. Potluck to recognize community volunteers. Best Dessert in Aumsville contest. Softball game. Bring dessert, side dish. Free. Children welcome; leave pets at home. 503-749-2030

Sunday, Sept. 10 Harvest Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 N Parker St. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, milk, juice, coffee. Adults $6, seniors 60 and older $5, children age 5 - 10 $4. Children 4 and under free. Benefits Santiam Hospital Auxiliary scholarships, purchase of hospital supplies, equipment. 503-749-2910

Patriots Day Cruise In

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Classic car owners invited to honor firefighters, police, first responders. 50/50 drawing. Refreshments. Tours of home $5 suggested donation. 503-769-8860

Monday, Sept. 11 Patriot Day Abigail Scott Duniway DAR

10 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Guest is Oregon Socity Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent Alice Miles. Refreshments served. Open to public.

Veteran Benefits Presentation

1 - 2 p.m., NorthWest Senior and Disability Services, 3410 NE Cherry Ave., Salem. Free presentation about benefits available to those who served in military, loved ones. Call Julie, 503-304-3432, to register.

Art Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art club for those 5 and older. Participation limited; if signed up previously, need to sign up again. Casle, 503-769-3313

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Stayton Fire District

7 p.m., Marion Fire Station, 5898 Stayton Road. Open to public. 503-769-2601

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 14

Chamber Greeters

Mount Angel Oktoberfest Opens

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

11 am - midnight. Sept 14 -16; 11 am - 9 pm Sept. 17. Food, crafts, music, dancing. Weekend car shows, free children’s area, runs, weiner dog races.

Sublimity City Council

Santiam Service Integration Team

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Aumsville City Council

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

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Santiam SIT pulls together resources, information for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319,

DIY Craftshop

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. 503-859-2366

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Repurpose old book into hidden box. 12 and older. Supplies provided. Free. Registration required. 503-769-3313

Tuesday, Sept. 12

North Santiam Watershed Council

Lyons Library Board

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

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon. 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 Sept. 26. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Friday, Sept. 15 Regis Alumni Day

2 p.m., Regis High. Mass. 3 p.m. campus tours. 4 p.m. free BBQ tailgate. 5 p.m. corn hole tournament. $20 per team. 7 p.m. football game; free for alumni. RSVP 503-769-2159

Saturday, Sept. 16 Berry Training Workshop

Candy Sushi

Stayton Library Board

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

4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Turn rice cereal, candy into sweet sushi-looking treats. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

SHS Booster Club

7 p.m., Stayton High School. New members welcome. 503-769-2171

Thursday, Sept. 21 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Rock the Blocks

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Lego club. Under 6 must be accompanied by adult; 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.

Aumsville Planning Commission

9 a.m., Demonstration Garden, 3180 NE Center St., Salem. Learn to train blackberry, raspberry canes onto wires. Free. 503-588-5301

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center.

Oregon Author Visit

Detroit Lake Cruz-In

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Joyce Cresswell, 2017 Oregon Literary Arts Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, speaks. Reception follows. Free. 503-769-3313

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Detroit Lake. Classic cars, motorcycles, boats. Prizes.

Grange Turkey Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. Dinner, drawings, silent auction. Santiam Community Chorus performs. $8; $6 children 6 and under.

Friday, Sept. 22 Fall Begins

8 a.m., Best Heating & Cooling, 38850 Highway 226, Scio. 503-769-3464

Monday, Sept. 18

A’Cappella Spirit

Lyons Garden Club

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

Wednesday, Sept. 13 Chamber Greeters

Noon, 714 Main St., Lyons. No-host potluck at Sutton home, 503-859-2788. Bring dish to share. Guests welcome.

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Friends of Stayton Pool

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. New members welcome.

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Saturday, Sept. 23

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Dr. Appointments:: online Walk-ins scheduled at door. Carolyn, 503-580-8318

7 p.m., Willamette University Smith Auditorium, 900 State St., Salem. Featured performers are GQ Quartet, Flipside Quartet, Oregon Spirit Chorus, Oregon SenateAires, A’Cappella Academy Singers. VIP tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door. General admission is $15 in advance, $20 at door. Tickets at

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Sunday, Sept. 24

Red Cross Blood Drive

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

Tuesday, Sept. 19 Stayton Lions Club

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

Random Readers

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free book club for more advanced readers of chapter books. New members welcome.

8 a.m., A&W Restaurant, 1215 W Washington St., Stayton. 503-769-3464

8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals open to business people in the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center

Monday, Sept. 25

Jordan Chicken Dinner

10:30 - 3 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 39043 Jordan Road, Scio. All-you-can-eat BBQ chicken dinner, car show, drawings, poker walk, vendors, fly-in. $15 adults, $5 children age 5 - 12. Children 4 and under free.

Aumsville City Council

Sublimity Planning Commission

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

Stayton Planning Commission

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

Tuesday, Sept. 26 Mill City Council

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

Lyons City Council

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

Wednesday, Sept. 27 Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Adult discussion group. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Sunset in the Garden

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Music, hors d’oeuvres, tram tours. Beer, wine, spirit tastings. Admission: $20 online at, $25 at door. Under 21, garden members, $10.

Thursday, Sept. 28 Alzheimer’s Seminar

2 p.m., Santiam Hospital. Communication strategies. Free; 503-304-3432.

Friday, Sept. 29 Read to the Dog!

3 - 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children read to Lucky the Reading Dog. Free

The Mousetrap

7 p.m., Little Red School House, 151 W Locust St, Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre presents The Mousetrap. $15 adults, $12 seniors & students, $8 youth. Tickets available at door, staytonevents. com or 503-383-2198. Repeats Sept. 30

Saturday, Sept. 30 Detroit Lake Shoreline Cleanup

10 a.m., Detroit Lake & Breintenbush River. Volunteers meet at Upper Arm Day Use Area. All ages. To register, contact Kaleen Boyle, 503-844-9571 ext. 332.

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The Mousetrap

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A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, and one is a murderer.

Assisting Wilson with the directing is Carly Smith. Cast members are: Shannon Rempel as Mollie Ralston; Josh Baumgartner as Giles Ralston; Darlene Delaney as Mrs. Boyle; Richard Leppig as Major Metcalf; Michelle Isaksen as Miss Casewell; Ed Stiner as Mr. Paravinci; Nathan Stiner as Sergeant Trotter; and Jennifer Baumgartner as Christopher Wren.

Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, The Mousetrap is guaranteed to intrigue audience members who attend Aumsville Community Theatre’s latest play, slated for Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-15 performances at The Little Red Schoolhouse in Stayton. “Agatha Christie wrote the first version of The Mousetrap to celebrate Queen Mary’s 80th birthday in 1947,” said Director Beverly Wilson. “Our actors are super dedicated to the play, and they are very excited to perform this one. They have been working very hard to bring this play to life.” The eight-member cast has teens to seniors, all of whom, Wilson said, have been rehearsing very diligently to prepare. “Our biggest challenge has been the cast size and fitting them on stage,” she

Nathan Stiner (as Sergeant Trotter) and Michelle Isaksen (as Miss Casewell) rehearse The Mouestrap.

added. “However, Maurice Wilson, our stage builder, has really created a realistic space for us to perform on. This is the first time we have had stairs on this stage space, and they really bring another dimension to the play.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and curtain time

is 7 p.m. on opening night and all Friday and Saturday performances. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and curtain time is 2 p.m. on all Sunday performances. Tickets are $15.75 for adults, $12.75 for seniors and $8.25 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased in advance

“We will be performing Stuart Little, the musical, during the Christmas season,” Wilson said. “Auditions are at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 at The Little Red Schoolhouse. All ages, adult and children, are needed.” Barefoot in the Park in February/March and Cheaper by the Dozen in May round up ACT’s 2017-2018 season. For information, call 503-302-0936 or visit www.aumsvillecommunitytheatre. com or ACT’s Facebook page.

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Helping Hands

Coordinated effort By Mary Owen The recent restructuring of the Canyon Collaborative has led to the creation of the Santiam Service Integration Team. “It’s always rewarding when our communities come together in service of others,” said Melissa Baurer, coordinator/ community liaison hired by Santiam Hospital to oversee the SIT program. After earning a degree in sociology and a master’s degree in criminal justice, Baurer worked for Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency as its Polk County Resource Center Coordinator, a position that introduced her to the Polk County SIT program. Most recently as the former director of social services at The Salvation Army of Marion and Polk Counties, Baurer frequently collaborated with SIT partners to serve families with an efficient, dignified approach, making it possible to better meet short- and long-term needs. “SIT brings together partners from all

September launch for Service Integration Team

areas of expertise and eliminates the duplication of services, streamlines the services, and is efficient,” Baurer said. “Being from the small town of Colton and always having a heart for the rural areas, I was excited to learn Santiam Hospital was going to start SIT In the Santiam region.” Modeled after the Polk County SIT program, Santiam SIT will facilitate team meetings, promote coordination of services, collaborate with providers, and support the community partners, Baurer said. “We will begin with the Stayton/ Sublimity team which will cover the North Santiam School District catchment area,” she said. “We will then expand to Cascade Team and Santiam Canyon Team, eventually expanding to Jefferson. “Community programs, case workers, advocates, pastors and community members are offering valuable and much needed services in the community,” she added. “SIT’s goal is to bring those

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the end of the fiscal year had leveraged $25,000. This program is successful, and we are looking forward to seeing the growth of Service Integration in the Santiam Region and the benefits that will come from SIT.”

partners together and facilitate resources and information for families.”

Money raised allows team members to request funding for families participating in the SIT program, Baurer said.

Santiam SIT Launch

Each team will have a funding component, starting with $9,500 for the Stayton/Sublimity Team, which will begin this month. Santiam Hospital kicked off the funding with $3,500, Performance Health Technology added $500, and $4,500 is still needed to meet that goal by the first team meeting, Baurer said.

“It may be the family needs a twin bed, and the provider can request funding for it. However, we may not use funding because someone around the table offers a twin bed that they have at home or they purchase one. Because of our multiple partners, SIT will be able to better leverage dollars.”

“It should be noted this program has been successful in Polk County for the last 20 some years, and they have been instrumental in helping with Santiam SIT,” she said.

Stayton/Sublimity SIT meetings will be held at the same time and place on the second Thursday of each month, with the first slated for 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the DHS office at Santiam Center, 11656 Sublimity Road SE, Sublimity.

“Last year, the Dallas Team in Polk County started with $9,500, and by

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SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH will be served, and we’ll have a brief Stayton Police Department, Stayton Public Credit overview of the SIT funding process and AlwAyS AcceptiNg NLibrary, e w MAPS pAt i eUnion, NtS Performance Health Technology, an introduction to our Facebook page and A All N service d Aproviders, l l tfaith-based y p e S oSantiam F iN S u rStayton/Sublimity ANceS Hospital, website. Chamber and Budget Blinds. organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, community businesses and “When families are in crisis, they need community members who are invested in barriers to accessing services eliminated, serving others are invited to participate.” and SIT helps with that,” Baurer said.

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Sports & Recreation



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Santiam: The district received a $1.5 million grant to do seismic upgrades on the gym. Principal/athletic director David Plotts told Our Town that the project also includes a new roof and LED lighting. It is on schedule to be ready for the start of school. Plotts also will return to the coaching ranks, taking over the girls basketball program. Plotts last coached girls hoops in 2003 and also has been the head track coach for the Wolverines. Santiam also has installed new irrigation systems in their football practice field and

the softball field. Cascade: Only one coaching change for the Cougars, reports athletic director Heidi Hermansen. Micah Pruss, who played college soccer at Corban University and was an assistant in the powerhouse Woodburn High program, has taken over as boys soccer coach for the Cougars. Friday night lights: Football openers for Sept. 1 include defending Class 2A champion Regis hosting Blanchet Catholic, Estacada at Stayton, Cascade at Marshfield and Santiam at Jefferson. Golf fundraiser: The Freres Lumber and Santiam Youth Benefit Golf Tournament was held Aug. 8 at a new site, Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon. Over the years the event has raised more than $167,000 for scholarships and grants for youth programs in the Santiam Canyon. Here are the results from Mike Long, tournament organizer and longtime champion of the event: Men’s low gross: 1. Scott Jollo, Craig Shike, Bill Link and T. Potisuk, 60; 2. May Trucking team No. 3, 61; 3. Pacific Sanitation team No. 1, 61. Men’s low net: 1. Terry Fletchall, Bill Lovato, D. Jorgenson and Gary Seeder, 51.5; 2. Flowers Development, 51.5; 3. Lowe’s of Keizer, 55.13. Mixed team winners: Kurt Carpenter, Joe Johnson, Becky McKibben and Mike Andal. Duffers: 1. Mike Remmy team, 65; 2. John Swanson team, 65; 3. Sandy Lyness Real Estate, 67; 4. Heuberger Farms, 68. Closet to the pin: No. 3 Jim McWhirter; No. 7: Clint Houser; No. 13: Dave Earl; No. 15: Kurt Carpenter. Ladies long drive: Jakira Ballard; men’s long drive: Steve Hack; seniors long drive Bob Erickson; ladies raffle basket: Wendy Silkwood; men’s raffle basket: Terry Fletchall. Follow me on @jameshday.

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Sports Datebook Home team is listed first. Cascade High, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner Regis High, 550 W. Regis St., Stayton Santiam High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Stayton High, 757 W. Locust St., Stayton

Friday, Sept. 1 Football

7 p.m. Stayton vs Estacada 7 p.m. Regis vs Blanchet

Tuesday, Sept. 5 Volleyball

5:30 p.m. Santiam vs St. Paul 6 p.m. Stayton vs Sweet Home 6 p.m. Cascade vs Valley Catholic 6 p.m. Regis vs Western Mennonite


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4 p.m. Cascade vs Central

Friday, Sept. 15 Football


7 p.m. Cascade vs North Bend 7 p.m. Regis vs Knappa

6 p.m. Stayton vs Seaside

Wednesday, Sept. 6 Boys Soccer

4 p.m. Cascade vs Hidden Valley

Thursday, Sept. 7 Cross Country

3 p.m. Cascade, Stayton cross country @ Darrel Deedon Invite, Cascade High

Girls Soccer

4 p.m. Cascade vs Junction City 6 p.m. Stayton vs Molalla


6 p.m. Stayton vs Molalla 6 p.m. Cascade vs Astoria 6 p.m. Regis vs St. Paul

Friday, Sept. 8

7 p.m. Stayton vs Banks 7 p.m. Santiam vs Winlock, Wash.

Saturday, Sept. 9 Volleyball

8:30 a.m. Cascade Volleyball Tournament

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A perfect fit By Mary Owen A number of Catholic school alumni are once again back in class this September. “There is much history in these schools,” said Jacki Schmitt Bailey, who graduated from Regis High School in 1997. “It’s encouraging to see that the community remains so active in both their faith and the schools, and is committed to raising and educating strong Catholic leaders who will be successful in life.”

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For her part, Bailey is beginning her fourth year at St. Mary Catholic School after teaching for a decade in the public education system. She began by teaching elementary grades at a private Catholic school setting before teaching in public schools, and has now come full circle. “The faith component was something I was missing in my public school experience,” said Bailey, St. Mary’s vice principal. “I missed being able to talk about God and prayer with my students.” Originally from Indiana, Dru O’Bryant moved to Stayton with her family when she was 12. She attended St. Mary in 2005-2007 and graduated from Regis in 2011, and now teaches personal finance at Regis and social studies at St. Mary. “I wasn’t sure what to do after college, so I went to work in the office at Regis,” she said. “I was asked to step in as a substitute for an ill teacher for the second semester of the 2015-2016 school year and discovered I loved teaching!” O’Bryant enjoys getting to know some of her former teachers in a different capacity and “being able to begin my professional career in a comfortable environment.” Regis theology teacher Jim Tabor attended St. Mary and Regis from first grade through high school. He is a member of the graduating class of 1983. After attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., he spent 20 years as an officer, serving most of his career on ships in the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean. He retired from the Coast Guard in 2008, and has been living the last nine years in Connecticut. “During this time, I was involved in parish ministry, completed a master’s degree in theology, and also spent 15 months as a member of a religious community discerning a call to the priesthood,” said Tabor, a widower, father and grandfather.

Looking back to his youth, he said he realizes “how blessed all of us were to be part of such a caring, close-knit, and faith-filled community. “I hope that I can do my small part for the current students so that they have a similar opinion of their school years when they are my age.” Tabor’s goal is to help students grow in discipleship, and show them that faith and love for their Savior is rational. “There isn’t a conflict between the truths of science and the truths of faith,” Tabor said. “The Bible is really the living Word of God, the Holy Spirit is active in their lives, and no matter what mistakes they make, God is always calling them back to His loving embrace.” His brother, Rich Tabor, also a Regis grad, has taught classes at both St. Mary and Regis over the years. He has coached girls basketball and is the head coach of the cross country team. This year, he will teach personal finance, travel destination geography and Spanish. ““His versatility allows him to serve wherever needed,” said Mike Bauer, Regis counselor. Sarah Brentano Woodley took on the role of Regis St. Mary advancement director last summer after teaching for 11 years at St. Mary. She attended first through eighth grade at St. Mary and graduated from Regis in 2001. “Giving back to the community is very important to me,” said the mother of two sons. “Regis and St. Mary have always felt like a second home. Teaching in a Catholic school is an answer to a call, a mission of sorts.” Woodley loves the sense of community, the legacy that has been built by generations of families sending their children to the schools. “There is a deep sense of pride and gratitude that comes from working here,” she said. St. Mary physical education teacher and athletic director, Jon Heuberger, RHS class of 1981, has three children who are all St. Mary and Regis graduates. “I always wanted to be a part of the Catholic schools here,” he said. “I had good relationships with my teachers and coaches, and wanted to be a part of that.”

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Staff-alumni reflect on Regis community Heuberger joked that he is related to half a teacher from a young age, talking her the students, but seriously added, “It’s all friends into playing school. “St. Mary about relationships. I love it or I wouldn’t playground was literally in our backyard.” be here. I love being a part Today, she wants to instill of the community. This the sense of community Catholic school is a special and service in her students. Regis High School place.” Friday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. “I’m thankful and Mandy Ziglinski Miotke, Campus tours, BBQ blessed to have a work who teaches chemistry and tailgate dinner, environment with biology at Regis, taught cornhole tournament committed and shared science for seven years in 503-759-2159 values,” she said. Mount Angel and biology Additionally, many staff part-time at Regis in 2010. members are Regis graduates, including When a part-time job recently opened, Denny (1976) and Mary Lackner (1978) she jumped at the chance to give back Foltz, Stephanie Bengas Hartmann to the schools she attended all 12 years, (1987), Stacey Bishoff Silbernagel (1995) graduating in 1997. and Kizzy Peters Starbuch (2001). “It was a perfect fit!” said Miotke, a mom Regis alumni are invited to attend the of three boys and wife of Michael Miotke, first annual Regis Alumni Day which RHS class of 1998. “Students are taught starts with Mass in the Christ the King to give back through extra-curricular Chapel with Regis students at 2 p.m. activities and service projects, but it on Friday, Sept. 15. Campus tours will doesn’t stop there,” she said. “Even after be given at 3 p.m. followed by a free graduation, so many in our community barbecue tailgate dinner at 4 p.m., a cornmaintain that support as volunteers, hole tournament at 5 p.m. sponsored donors, parents/grandparents and fans. by Oregon State Bridge Construction, This community’s spirit and involvement and ending with free entry to the Regis are so unique, and it feels great to be a football game at 7 p.m. Spouses and part of that. families are welcome. “I’m ready to break out my green and For information or to register for gold and sing the fight song again!” the alumni day and/or OSBC Corn Math teacher DeAnne Gries Stuckart Hole Tournament, go to http://forms. graduated from St. Mary in 1975 and Regis in 1979. or contact Sarah Woodley, “I wore a plaid jumper or skirt for 12 503-759-2159, or swoodley@ years,” said Stuckart, who wanted to be

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A Grin at the End

What ‘fake news’ is

. . . and isn’t

A great deal of confusion has been generated over the past year about the term “fake news.” As a purveyor of a column that could be labeled as such, I will try to clear up any confusion that politicians and others might have.

much as possible about the facts and context of a story.

First, let’s talk about “news.” That’s when a reporter tries his or her best to tell readers, or listeners, what’s going on. It’s really that simple. A reporter will hear about something that might be newsworthy — interesting — and write a news story.

Then the reporter might talk to the property owner and neighbors to find out more context — if a family lived there or if the house was vacant are important facts to determine.

As an example, let’s use a house fire. Good reporters will follow these steps: go to the scene and report what they see and hear; then check with a primary source such as the fire district. By interviewing the chief or a spokesman, a reporter will be able to get the nuts and bolts of the story — who, what, when, where and possibly how. Often the cause of a fire will remain under investigation, so the reporter will need to check back to see if a cause can be identified.

The reporter will write the first draft of the story and submit it to an editor. He or she will then read it and correct it for grammar, style and double-check facts. Most importantly, the editor will look for “holes” in the story — key facts that are missing. Once the editor and reporter are satisfied that the story answers as many questions as possible, it will be published. That’s news — stories that are thoroughly reported and edited to tell readers as

What’s not news is what you see on cable news channels, which I would describe as a goat rope. That’s when two or three — or more — people sit around jawing about stuff, whether they have any direct knowledge about it or not. This is a way to fill time when a network or station is too cheap or lazy to get actual reporters to write actual stories about the events of the day. It is a close relative of talk radio. These networks will also interview newsmakers representing one side of a story. Still another development is one reporter interviewing another reporter. What you mainly get is conjecture, not news. I would not call these “fake news” so much as I would call them “no news.” Another area that some people confuse with news is opinion. These appear in the form of columns — like this one — in which a single person expresses his or her opinion. He may have some special

insight into an issue — I have been a journalist for more than 40 years — that can help readers understand the context of an issue. Letters to the editor are cousins of columns, except they come from readers. Editorials also appear on the opinion page of newspapers and are labeled as such. They are written by members of a newspaper’s editorial board, often the publisher and editor of the paper, and are the product of a discussion of a topic, news stories that have been in the paper and interviews with newsmakers involved in an issue. Editorials express the opinion of the editorial board and are meant to cultivate thought and discussion of a particular topic and, hopefully, prod those in power to solve problems. So “fake news,” “news” and “opinion” are three different things. As an American you can choose what to read, listen to and believe. You just need to know the difference between the three. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.

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