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By Mary Owen Recent wildfires have wreaked havoc on local businesses and area events in the upper Santiam Canyon. “Many of our local communities, especially Detroit and Idanha, rely on summer and shoulder season tourism to support their businesses,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director with GROW-EDC.


The wildfires have been personally heartbreaking for people who were not able to access favorite places that were burning, she added.


“We all have special places in our area that are meaningful to us, and most of those are somewhere near our waters or in our forests,” McKenzie said. “It’s been very stressful and sad.”

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“Though the lake was full this year, the smoke from nearby wildfires kept many visitors away and reduced the amount of time vacation home owners spent in the area. People visit our area to experience our beautiful outdoors, but with so much smoke around the past few weeks spending time outside hasn’t been much of an option. Folks took their boats out early, canceled vacation plans and spent less time than usual the past few weeks. All of this has had an impact on local businesses.”

Hard hit by the fires was Breitenbush Hot Springs, a retreat and conference center nearby Detroit that attracts visitors from all over the world. Many spend money at nearby local establishments. Surrounded by three wildfires,

Breitenbush and area summer homes were updated from a “get ready to go” status after two weeks to “go” on Sept. 18 by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, working in cooperation with a number of county agencies. “We actually evacuated our guests when air quality went from unhealthy to hazard, weeks before the level 3 evacuation call,” said Peter Moore, business director. “We’re into health, and people love it here. When air quality really went down, we evacuated all guests and shortly after that 70 staff, keeping a skeleton crew of 10 on the premises.” Breitenbush set up an emergency operations center at the coast just north of Lincoln City with 10 staff who worked on canceling reservations, Moore said. “We gave back over $100,000 in refunds,” he said. “This fire costs us a half a million in income because it happened in high season. We usually take in $4 million a year, so it was a huge economic hit.” Moore added, “We’re a worker-owned coop so we’ll suck it up. We won’t recoup that loss, but we’re pretty much a pay as you go business. We’ll survive.” Breitenbush was surrounded by two fires, one about a mile away to the east and the other 1.5-2 miles to the west. The Whitewater fire burned about 12,000 acres, the Little Devil, about 1,300 acres, and the Scorpion fire about 600-600 acres, totaling about 14,000 acres, Moore said. “Fires are a part of nature,” he said. “These fires will continue to burn until

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Santiam Canyon challenged by forest fires the snow comes, but right now they are not advancing. And our little piece of paradise didn’t get burnt. When rain came, it dumped almost seven inches of water on the fires, just before they reached us – just in the nick of time.” Breitenbush planned to reopen Sept. 27, Moore said. Ken Cartwright, station manager/ program director with KYAC FM radio, credited state and county emergency coordinators for curtailing travel in the Santiam Canyon due to the danger fires presented. “The fires severely impacted most local businesses that depend on travelers and recreation visitors,” said Cartwright, who faithfully updates fire conditions for his listeners. “Because of the forest fires and field burning, the smoke and the threat of fires, events are either not well attended or have been canceled.” The Detroit Lake Recreation Area Business Association canceled two popular events: the Detroit Lake Cruz In and the Cascading Rivers Wild Fang Bike Ride. “We hear anecdotally from locals that they have curtailed their visits to the Detroit Lake area, too,” McKenzie said. “Too much smoke means they are cooped up inside for much of the time, or can’t enjoy the lake and trails like they normally do. Many turn around and come home after a day or two.” The impact reached all the way to Stayton, where McKenzie said “lots of folks purchase supplies at grocery stores before heading east. Though Roth’s in Stayton continues to grow overall, they have noticed a downturn in sales of items that campers and boaters tend to purchase.” Camping areas were quieter than normal, with parts of the parks shut down from non-use because of smoke and fire conditions. “One park employee told me that campers want campfires, and that’s just not an option this year,” McKenzie said. “A business owner told me, ‘In the final weeks of the summer when the marinas were still open, no one wanted to come up here,’ even though the lake was full. The smoke was just too heavy.”

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McKenzie said the closing of Detroit Lake’s two marinas also impacted Mountain High Grocery with a dip in customers, but firefighters kept them busy and are likely to be in the area for some time. Restaurants, gas stations, lodges and bed and breakfasts, already reeling from lower numbers of expected Great American Eclipse visitors, have also suffered from the smoke.

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Plus when the I-84 shut down due to fires in the Columbia Gorge, more traffic used highways 22 and 26 to get to and from Eastern Oregon, she said. “We don’t know yet how that may have translated into additional business,” she said. “Some folks have noticed more trucks and RVs on the road than usual. This kind of situation is not unusual for eastern Marion County. As one business owner said, ‘We just have to roll with it.’” McKenzie called business owners in Detroit and Idanha “scrappy,” used to working around challenging weather events, low lake levels and other phenomena over which they have no control. “Year after year, they roll up their sleeves and push through a challenging season and keep their doors open,” she said. “They are experienced at working around a problem, and if I were a betting person, I wouldn’t bet against them!”

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Siegmund’s new system makes short work of steep slopes “After arriving onsite, we discovered the steep slope harvesting system could be of use. Our tethered base machine was brought in to work in tandem with our steep slope harvester (feller-buncher). Dozers and hand-crews followed behind, getting it down to bare dirt, forming the fire line.”

“A job that normally would have taken days with the old-fashioned hand crews was accomplished in less than a day.”

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“This logging harvest system was able to cut close to one mile of fire line through standing timber Brent O’Nion on steep slopes in approximately Oregon Department of Forestry Brent O’Nion, the Oregon three days,” said Andrew Whitewater Fire Branch Director Department of Forestry’s Siegmund, owner of Siegmund Whitewater Fire branch director, credited the company’s Excavation. “The same task performed by hand-crews new equipment for helping to halt the fire more would have potentially taken 20-40 men two to three efficiently than by age-tested methods. weeks to complete with great personal risk.” “It allowed us to get fire line established in a very rapid Most recently, the system was used to cut a fire line on manner,” O’Nion said. “A job that normally would land owned by Freres Lumber Co. and Marion Forks have taken days with the old-fashioned hand crews was Investment to protect their private timberlands from a accomplished in less than a day. It is a huge technological advance.” fire advancing off of Forest Service land, Siegmund said. “The timber manager for Freres Lumber Co., Todd Parker, called and asked us to bring a feller-buncher to cut trees on Freres timberlands where they were establishing a fire line for the Whitewater Fire east of Detroit,” he explained.

In May 2016, Siegmund Excavation & Construction was the first company in Oregon to apply for and receive a variance from OR-OSHA to operate steep slope harvesting equipment. The technology, new to North America and originally

introduced in New Zealand, is a winch-assist system for harvesting trees on steep terrain that would have previously been hand-felled by men with chainsaws and logged up the slopes with a yarder. Thw new set-up includes a base machine with a winch-assist cable system and an adapted feller-buncher for use on steep slopes. “A 50 percent grade is the legal cutoff to put groundbased machines on a slope,” Siegmund said. “With the OR-OSHA variance and this new system, it allows us to go up to 100 percent slope in safe, secure machinery. The steep slope harvesting method solves two challenges in the timber industry: worker safety and lack of available workforce. “This logging harvest system allows fire lines to be cut in standing timber in an extremely fast, efficient manner, with little to no risk to employees on the ground,” he added. “It can also replace the need for hand fallers and buckers to manually cut trees to create a fire line, which is an extremely hazardous job.” In terms of environmental impact, the EMS steep slope system has “a surprisingly light footprint,” Siegmund said. “Soil disturbance with this method is less than with conventional methods,” he added.

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Drivers may use their cell phone to call for emergency medical help, but only if no one else in the vehicle is capable of making the call, Sebens said.

Oregon Department of Transportation statistics show that a distracted driver crash occurs every two and a half hours in Oregon.

“Emergency responders may use their cell phones when responding to an emergency call, including in personal vehicles,” he added of ambulance, police, fire, emergency vehicle operators, or EMS providers in the scope of their employment.

To help prevent these accidents, a new Oregon law will go into effect on Oct. 1, specifically targeting distracted driving while using an electronic device. “The hope is to reduce traffic accidents and increase public safety,” said Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens. “In 2016, our officers stopped vehicles 48 times for cell phone use. So far to date, 98 have been stopped for 2017.” According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, from 2011-2015, 917 crashes caused by drivers using a cell phone at the time of the crash resulted in 14 fatalities and 1,330 injuries. NHTSA reported that number to include 110 crashes resulting in 166 injuries caused by drivers aged 16-18. Oregon House Bill 2597 makes it illegal to drive while holding or using and electronic device, and exceptions are few and may have to be proven in court, if ticketed. “The law applies to mobile electronic devices of all stripes, including cell phones, tablets, laptops and GPS units,” Sebens said. “The law does allow for ‘single



button push’ activation or deactivation for the purpose of answering on a hands-free device or to activate a GPS route. Anything more than that the person must pull over and stop. Stopping at a stop light or stop sign does not count for being stopped.” The new law does not apply to drivers 18 and older when using hands-free or built-in devices.

For a first offense that does not contribute to a crash, the court may suspend the fine if the driver completes an approved distracted driving avoidance class, and shows proof to the court, within four months. Only the fine is suspended; the violation will still be recorded on the offender’s driving record.

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Rhoten Colleagues pay tribute to city attorney By Mary Owen The city of Stayton is mourning the passing of longtime City Attorney David Rhoten. “I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” said Keith Campbell, city administrator. “He was a gifted and talented attorney who was passionate and dedicated to our community. More importantly, he was a warm and kind individual whose joy and happiness was infectious. He will be greatly missed.” Mayor Hank Porter said he enjoyed working with Rhoten, who served as the city attorney for almost 30 years. Rhoten was given several months to live after a cancer diagnosis in early summer, Porter said. “He was a really good guy, and good to us,” Porter said. “In his obituary, one of the things he liked was (listed as) the city of Stayton. It just wasn’t a job to him.” Porter said Rhoten was patient with city staff and the council, always giving good advice. “He kept us out of the courts,” he said. “I don’t know what more a city attorney can do but that. He told us when to speak up and when to shut up. The vast experience he had was really a factor in the success he – and we – had.” Rhoten was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1961 and was a member of the Marion County Bar Association and the Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council. He was the 2015 recipient of MCBA’s Paul J. De Muniz Professionalism Award. In addition to his service to the city, Rhoten served on the Oregon State Bar Election Laws Committee, chaired the Law Economics Committee, and

was special assistant to the Attorney General of Oregon. He also served as chair of the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Arts Foundation and Salem Civil Service Commission. Rhoten was a board member of the Marion County Bar Association, and served on the board of the Oregon Community Foundation, chairing the scholarship committee. Additionally, Rhoten was chair of the Historic Elsinore Theatre board, honorary chair of the Friends of Hallee Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, and a MERIT board member. Councilor Priscilla Glidewell said Rhoten brought “a memory history to the table that is irreplaceable.” “Oh, what a giant hole he leaves,” Glidewell said. “Not only did he have a greater history than anyone currently involved in city government, but he brought a sense of fairness, dignity and old-world charm that is hard to find nowadays.

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Sprucing up downtown Visitors to downtown Stayton may have noticed a new set of numbers on businesses along Third Avenue. Sept. 19 members of Friends of Old Town Stayton applied numbers to the glass doors and windows of several storefronts. These new numbers are aimed at increasing visibility for businesses so locals and visitors alike can find what they are looking more easily. They also help create some visible connections between these businesses.

“Of course, it goes without saying that his legal knowledge and capabilities were fantastic,” she added. “Sometimes he surprised us all with his great sense of humor. He was never anything other than polite. I cannot remember a time when David did not have a smile on his face even during times of stress and dissension among others. He will be forever missed.”

The simple white design represents another step for FOTS and their ideas for improving downtown. The “parklet” on Third is another FOTS project. The group was founded in 2015 for both economic and physical improvements. The goal is to create a vibrant, safe, and sustainable downtown. A series of projects are planned. Go to: to learn more.

Mayor Porter said Campbell has penned a comprehensive proposal for finding an attorney to fill Rhoten’s position. “I think we’ll get a good one,” Porter said. “It’s going to have to be someone who stays with us long-term to fill David’s shoes.”

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Do your kids clock in several hours a day on their cell phone and other devices? The producers of the awardwinning documentary, Screenagers, claim teens scroll through their day with “rapid thumbs and a six-second attention span,” often spending 6.5 hours daily on screen.

Digital media has its benefits, but also can come at a great cost, Anderson said.

To explore the issue, the Stayton High School varsity girls soccer team will host a screening of the documentary, which reveals how tech time impacts youth development. The movie also offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world, finding balance, according to the project’s website. Screenagers will air at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the SHS auditorium. Donations will be accepted to benefit the team, and light refreshments will be served. An RSVP will be appreciated to give an idea of the number of attendees, limited to 600. “Our hope is that this film enlightens the kids’ thoughts about how often they’re using their cell phones and for them to see their phone as a tool to help them in life,” said Lael Anderson, varsity girls head coach. “Maybe they will consider putting their phone down, and be fully present when their peer needs their attention. Oftentimes moments to connect are lost because of all

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Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton

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


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building

event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies. 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. $20/year. All ages; children must be accompanied by adult. 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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Coffee With Marcey

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

2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-769-1313

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Oct. 17.

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Sunday, Oct. 1 The Mousetrap

2 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 at door, or 503-383-2198. Repeats 7 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. Oct. 8, 15.

Monday, Oct. 2 Daughter of the American Revolution

10 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter celebrates life of Duniway, her life and fight for women’s rights. Cake served. All welcome. 503-769-5951

Book Bobs

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children who are beginning to read chapter books. This month’s selection is Sticky Burr by Lehner. Signups recommended. 503-769-3313

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7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, Oct. 3 St. Boniface Museum

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

Wednesday, Oct. 4 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Hosted by Stayton Friends of the Library. 503-769-3464

Stayton Red Hat Strutters

Noon, Sierra Mexican Restaurant, 302 N Santiam Hwy., Gates. New members, guests welcome. Call hostesses Alice, 503-871-6840; Jenny Lou, 503-897-2681 for reservations.

Thursday, Oct. 5 Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

Flu Shot Clinic

5 -7 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. $30; $65 high dose. Open to public. 503-769-2175

Used Book Sale

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Get first choice on thousands of used books. Hardcovers $1.50, trades $1, mass market paperbacks $.75, children’s books $.50. Repeats 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Oct. 6 with hardcovers $1, paperbacks $.50, children’s books $.25; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 7 Bag Day. Bring a bag and fill it with books for $5. Benefits Stayton Friends of the Library. 503-769-3313

Friday, Oct. 6 Santiam Valley Grange

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

Saturday, Oct. 7 Chili Cook-Off

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Lyons Firefighter Association 12th annual Chili Cook-off, bazaar, bake sale, car show. Proceeds go toward purchase, update needed equipment. 503-859-2410


7 p.m., Stayton High. Free showing of documentary Screenagers, depicting struggles over social media, video games, academics, internet addiction. Donations accepted to benefit Stayton High girls soccer. Light refreshments. RSVP encouraged, 503-769-2171

Sunday, Oct. 8 Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Monday, Oct. 9 Columbus Day Sublimity City Council

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

Aumsville City Council

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

Lyons Fire District Board

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

Stayton Fire District

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

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

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Flu Shot Clinic

6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free monthly cooking class provides skills needed to improve diet by making wise food choices. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

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Art Club

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. $30; $65 high dose. Open to public. 503-769-2175

Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats Oct. 17. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Coloring, relaxation. Ages 12 - adult. Supplies provided. Free. 503-769-3313

All About Tomatoes!

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

Lyons Library Board

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

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 3:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art club for age 5 and older. Call library, 503-769-3313, for spot availability. Free.

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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. 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 Oct. 24. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, Oct. 11 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

Make It: Slime

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make slime. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

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,

Thursday, Oct. 12 Santiam Service Integration Team

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

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4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. All ages invited to explore world of simple programmable robots using Ozobots, Cubelets. Free. 503-769-3313

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

Town & Country Fashion Show

8 a.m., KeyBank, 805 N First Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary’s annual fashion show. Dinner, wine, sparkling cider, silent auction, live entertainment, fashion show. Tickets $20; include one drink of choice, one drawing ticket. Tickets available from auxiliary members, Santiam Hospital, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, No tickets at door. Mary Lou, 503-769-5686

North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Wednesday, Oct. 18 Chamber Greeters

Stayton Library Board

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503769-3313

SHS Booster Club

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

Thursday, Oct. 19 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Saturday, Oct. 14 Victorian Tea

1 p.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Santiam Heritage Foundation fundraiser. Victorian teas, food. History of Victorian teas, food. Fashion show of period clothing; guests welcome to dress in period clothing. Tickets $20 in advance; no sales at door. Tickets at brownhouse. org; or mail check to Santiam Heritage Foundation, PO Box 161, Stayton, OR 97383. 503-769-8860

Sunday, Oct. 15 St. Boniface Chicken Dinner

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sublimity School Cafeteria, 376 SE Main St. Barbecue chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Adults $14, children age 6 - 12 $5. Children 5 and under free. Takeout dinners, $15, start at noon. Country store featuring homemade items. Children’s games. Quilt drawing. 503-769-5664

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8:30 a.m., location TBA. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. For information, location, call 503-871-5188

Santiam Hospital Auxiliary

1 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Election of officers. Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. New members, guests welcome. Mary Lou, 503-769-5686; Char, 503-749-2910

Rock the Blocks!

3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. All ages build with blocks. 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. 503-769-6924

Aumsville Planning Commission

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

Friends of the Library

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

Oregon Author Visit

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Therese Oneill, author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, speaks. Reception accompanies event. Free. 503-769-3313

Saturday, Oct. 21 Regis Through the Years

5 p.m., Regis High. Annual Regis Green & Gold Gala auction. $60 per person, includes appetizers, dinner, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages. 21 and older. Tickets available by calling 503-769-6243 or emailing

Monday, Oct. 23 Aumsville City Council

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

Tuesday, Oct. 24 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, Oct. 25 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Open Arms Adult Care, 112 E Burnett St., Stayton. Ribbon cutting. 503-769-3464

Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for adults. This month: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Oct. 26 DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make felted acorns using wool, acorn caps. Age 12 - adult. Free; registration required. Supplies provided. 503-769-3313

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Friday, Oct. 27 Humans vs Zombies

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Can you survive? Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313

Lego Batman Showing

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Concessions available for purchase. Free admission. Open to public. Sponsored by Stayton Elementary Parent Teacher Club. 503-769-2336

Saturday, Oct. 28 Ghost Tour & Chocolate Walk

5 - 9 p.m., Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Guided costumed, candlelit tour of old town Stayton. Hear mysteries surround town, ghosts who haunt old buildings. After, shop at downtown businesses, which will be decorated, open late, get a piece of chocolate. Tickets, $15, available at Sponsored by Friends of Old Town Stayton, Brown House.

Monday, Oct. 30 Marion Estates Auxiliary

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

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Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children wanting to read challenging chapter books. October selection, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Sign-ups encouraged. Free. 503-769-3313

Sublimity Planning Commission

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

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween Aumsville Fire District Open House

5 - 8 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Safe trick-or-treating experience. Visit with volunteers and tour the fire station.

Public Safety Halloween Event

5 - 8 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Treats, fun, games. Free. 503-769-2601

Halloween Open House

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sublimity Fire Department, 115 NW Parker St. Warm up at fire station with treats, family movies, tour of station. 503-769-3282

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Measure 98 funds, overwhelmingly approved by the voters last November, will be used to further improve Stayton High School. The measure was designed to prevent high school dropouts and improve college readiness.

“We are confident that the class of 2017 will show an improvement,” he said, “and we know those numbers will continue to improve.”

North Santiam School District Superintendent Andy Gardner said improvements will target three areas: accelerated college/dual credit, graduation rate improvement/dropout prevention; and career/technical education. “We now have over 120 college credits available for high school students through Chemeketa, Linn-Benton, and through Western Oregon via the Willamette Promise,” Gardner said of the first targeted area. “We will use some Measure 98 funds to continue the Willamette Promise, and will continue to expand our college credit options where we can.” Gardner said the district continues to work to “refine our systems within our high school to get improvements in our

The district has hired a new coordinator to make sure freshmen are on track to graduate and monitor progress for all high school grades. A mid-year intervention will be introduced this year to catch students who slip behind in the first months of the school year. “A summer academy in June will also allow students a chance to get credits that they are close to achieving by the end of the year,” Gardner said. While Stayton High School has several career and technical education programs, Gardner said the district needs to continue to improve existing programs. Gardner also said the various pathways available to students “need to be visible and regularly communicated to our students.”

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that offers students time to meet their representatives and learn more about state government.

Oregon Connections Academy students study online but socialize offline.

Ballinger said all elementary students are invited throughout the year to attend read-aloud sessions where they can listen to stories from different genres. Students can also participate in reading contests to stay focused and reading independently, she added.

“There are many events, field trips and clubs that ORCA hosts throughout the year to provide in-person socialization opportunities for students,” said Brenda Ballinger, a third-grade teacher from Silverton. “Some of these activities are the same as the ones that students would experience in a traditional brick-and-mortar school such as student government, an in-person prom, and a graduation ceremony.” ORCA also offers clubs and other extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Science Olympiads, Writer’s Guild, Debate Club, Poetry Out Loud and college tours. Around 200 field trips are planned throughout the state each school year, offering activities for all grade levels, Ballinger said. “Our students and staff look forward to field trips and events,” she said. “Experiences go beyond the classroom and offer interactions with others and the world, which is key to optimal learning. “Since we usually interact in a virtual environment, seeing each other in person gives a real personal connection,” she added. “The energy is high, and you can feel the excitement in the air. Students are making friends, visiting with teachers, and having a great time together.” Recent excursions involving ORCA students and teachers have included The Oregon Garden in Silverton and the Horses of Hope equine therapy program in Turner. In October, students will travel to Bauman Farms in Gervais for a Pumpkin Patch Fall Field Trip. ORCA also holds a Spring Celebration at Riverfront Park in Salem, as well as the all-school State Capitol Day

“Families often organize some of their own events and field trips, which provides more opportunity for learning experiences and can connect families that may live in the same area,” Ballinger said.

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Authorized by the Santiam Canyon School District, ORCA is a tuition-free, statewide online charter school that serves students in grades K-12. For information, call 800-382-6010, or visit OregonConnectionsAcademy. com.

ORCA’s Mill City headquarters upgrade complete Oregon Connections Academy’s “home” just got upgraded. “Since we opened our ‘doors’ in 2005, we have sought to provide the best education possible for our students,” said Allison Galvin, executive director of Oregon’s free virtual public school. ORCA located in Mill City in the 2015-2016 school year, partnering with the Santiam Canyon School District. Of the recently completed upgrades, Galvon said, “We felt it would be important to keep the original

veterinary clinic, with some upgrades, since it has been a part of this wonderful community for years. We love the log cabin look and feel to this building!” ORCA used local contractors to expand from 1,479 to 3,783 square feet. The expansion included a new section with offices, a conference room, and a room for file storage. The upgrades allow staff to process records more efficiently and provides space for staff meetings and face-to-face time with students and families, Galvin said.

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The Santiam Historical Society recently received a $1,000 grant from the City of Stayton Community Grants program to preserve and protect a historic glass negatives collection.

“This will allow us to make good-sized foam board mounted prints of each glass negative so we can display and share them,” she said.

“We found 100 glass negatives in a crawl space above the restroom at the old museum when we were packing up the collection to go to storage,” said Diana Maul, SHS president. “These are gelatin emulsion-style, so date between 1878 and 1940.” Maul said old newspaper pages had been placed between the negatives, and ink transferred onto some of them. The $1,000 grant will go toward professionally cleaning each negative, she said. “Then each will be hand-scanned so we can make sharp digital copies,” she added. “The glass negatives will be store in individual sleeves in a sturdy archival box.” SHS has applied to the Pacific Power Foundation for a grant that will enable them to complete the cleaning and

Maul said the society should hear by January if the PPF funds are granted. The Santiam Historical Society is still investigating the origination of the glass negatives. “Once the images are cleaned and scanned, we can make some prints to study, and we hope to learn more about when they were taken and by whom,” Maul said. The process is projected to be completed within 90 days of acquiring final funds needed, estimated at $1,800. The digitize images will be available for education and research. For information, contact the Santiam Historical Society, 503-769-1406, or visit

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On the march

Santiam football starts league undefeated leagues Oct. 16. The new alignments will take effect in the fall of 2018.

Santiam High headed into the Tri-River football schedule with a 4-0 record. The Wolverines have steadily improved in their first three years under coach Dustin McGee, who led the squad to a 4-5 mark in 2015 and a 7-4 record last year, including a playoff win against Lost River.

“We’ve had a very good start to the season,” said McGee, whose seventh-ranked squad opened league play after Our Town’s presstime against No. 1 St. Paul. “Our boys are playing hard, and striving to be their best every day. We have made a lot of improvement since week one, and I think we have put ourselves in a great position to make some noise in league play.” Which can be a challenge. Regis is the defending Class 2A state champion, while Kennedy made it to the semifinals a year ago. The league currently has four teams in the top 10, with Central Linn at No. 2 and Regis at No. 10 in addition to St. Paul and Santiam. “Obviously the Tri-River conference is always one of – if not the toughest conference – in 2A,” said McGee, who credited his offensive and defensive lines for setting the tone in wins against Jefferson, Winlock (Washington), Culver and Pleasant Hill. Santiam has outscored its opponents 195-19. “Defense has been our strength so far,” McGee told Our Town. “We take a lot of pride in being our very best on defense. Our defensive line has really stood out as a strong unit so far. They have set the tone for our physicality and aggressiveness on defense.” The annual rivalry game between Stayton and Cascade, which occurred after Our Town’s presstime, will go a long way toward determining who wins the Oregon West Conference title. Stayton and Cascade each came into the game 1-0 in league play, tied with North Marion. The same three teams shared the league title a year ago. Stayton has the highest ranking of the three, No. 9, with the Cougars 13th and the Huskies 30th. The Eagles are coming off a thrilling 30-28 win at Philomath. Sophomore quarterback Ben Rash threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Diehl for the winning score with 44 seconds left. Rash, who has been playing in place of the injured Aidan Hill, hit 16 of 27 passes for 178 yards and rushed for an additional 90 yards.

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Volleyball: Cascade is 3-1 in Oregon West play and ranked sixth in Class 4A. The Cougars are tied with North Marion, with both teams one game behind 4-0 Philomath. The Cougars’ lone league loss was at Philomath on Sept. 21. Unfortunately for the Eagles, standout two-way player Jerry Daniels suffered a leg injury against Philomath and is likely to miss significant playing time. Soccer: The perennial power Stayton boys are off to a 5-0 start and are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. The Eagles are 2-0 in Oregon West play and have outscored opponents 26-2. Oregon West rival Newport, which won the state title a year ago, also is 2-0 in league and ranked third. Stayton hosts the Cubs on Oct. 3 and closes the regular season Oct. 24 with a match at Newport. The Cascade girls, meanwhile, are in a three-way tie for first in the Oregon West with Philomath and North Marion. North Marion is ranked fifth by OSAA, with the Cougars sixth and Philomath seventh. Cascade has a pair of home-and-home matchups with the Huskies and Warriors coming up. OSAA classification: The committee that is working on redistricting for the next four-year cycle reset the enrollment limits between classes, a move that has thrust Cascade into the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference from the Class 4A Oregon West Conference. School officials are not happy about the proposed change, which they feel will make it harder for Cougars teams to be competitive. Cascade Athletic Director Heidi Hermansen, in a letter to the OSAA that she forwarded to Our Town, questioned the methodology the OSAA used in arriving at its enrollment numbers and also expressed concern that many of the MidWillamette schools field more teams than Cascade, putting the new league out of balance. Hermansen also noted that adding the Cougars to the MWC would give the league nine teams. The odd number makes scheduling a challenge, particularly in football, because each Friday night during league play one team will be looking for a nonleague contest. The OSAA will make its final decision on the new

Regis, meanwhile, is 3-2 in the Tri-River, tied for third with Kennedy behind 5-0 Central Linn and 4-1 St. Paul. The Tri-River only receives two automatic state playoff berths, so the Rams will need to achieve a good ranking to make the playoffs should they not move into the top two in the league. Regis is currently ranked 13th by the OSAA. Cross country: Stayton ran well in its own invitational Sept. 20, taking first in the boys team race and second in the girls. Leading the way for the Eagles’ boys squad were Casey Pugh (2nd, 17:05) and Matthew Frazeur (3rd, 17:36). Jonathan Pollard of Sisters won the race in 16:54. Sisters won the girls team race, with Stayton’s Hailey Notman (4th, 22:30), the top finisher for the Eagles. The Regis boys novice team took fourth place in the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Sept. 13 at Silver Falls State Park. Jack Kroon finished 14th to lead the Rams. The event featured middleschoolers for the first time, with Stayton turning in a second-place girls finish and fourth in the boys. Leading the Stayton girls was Hope Bridge (5th, 16:54.7), while the top boys runner was Keagen Crosby (5th, 14:05.4). More than 50 schools – 700 runners – participated in the invite, which was co-hosted by Kennedy and Silverton. Tyrell Williams update: The ex-Cascade star has 11 catches for 123 yards in his first three games this season for the Los Angeles Chargers. The 6-4, 205-pound Williams, who went to college at Western Oregon, is in his third year with the Chargers. Last season he led the team with 69 catches for 1,069 yards. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? email Checkout Our Town’s Facebook page for sports updates: Town-Santiam

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A Grin at the End

Human kindness

Something special is in our genes

It was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more.

I find it to be tiresome, pointless and more than a little dangerous, not in a physical sense – though people are needlessly hurt – but in a spiritual sense. When there is not even an attempt to listen to grievances and understand what a person is saying, there can be no hope of resolving a problem. None.

I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to have with lunch. When the cashier asked for $1.39 I came up short. I was sure I had the exact change but when I pawed through my pockets I came up 16 cents short. Before I could reach into my wallet to grab out a dollar bill, a man standing behind me reached forward with his own dollar. “Take it out of this,” he said. I turned to say thank you, and he was heading out the door. I never really got a good look at him. Occasionally, we all encounter kindness in the most unexpected times and places. Every time, it catches me off guard. It also reminds me that, as a group, people are kind and generous. That is no secret. We see it every day, at the convenience store and at other random places. We see it on television, with the many acts of kindness helping the folks in Texas cope with the devastating hurricane and flooding. Nothing made those “regular” people leave their homes to help, pressing their bass boats, kayaks and canoes into service to rescue whole families from the crisis.

Except they did. They reached out and helped. They did it not as Republicans or Democrats, or even as Americans, or as whites or blacks. They did it as people. I believe kindness is in our DNA. You see it with a mother or father and their newborn baby. You see it in church and schools. And if you let it happen, you will see it just about everywhere. These are harsh times. Some people can’t open their mouths without F-bombs flying out. Politicians spend all of their time running down other politicians when they ought to be working together trying to solve the problems we all face. People protest against “fascists” with – more fascism. Communication – talking and listening – and understanding have been replaced by yelling over the top of one another.

To me, the interesting thing is that some people may just need to talk through their feelings. That may sound like psycho-babble, but if people are not listened to and feel powerless, that’s when they spin out of control. And that gets in the way of actually making sense of the human condition. It’s not really about politics – thank goodness for that – and it’s not about money. It’s abut sharing the experience of getting along, not as cookiecutter copies of one another that agree on everything, but as a collection of jewels, each different, each valuable. Each with its own gifts. That’s when we will all be able to get along. That’s when the humanity in our hearts will outshine our shortcomings. As least that’s my 16 cents worth. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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